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Huston Smith has died, perhaps the world’s leading expert and author in comparing the world’s religions. He made it his business to experience them all, from Tibetan monks to Hindu yogis and Sufi dervishes; he famously dropped acid with Timothy Leary in 1962. He loved the ecstatic experiences he had with hallucinogens, but having tried them once or twice never wanted to go back. So he kept on looking for all the ways people reach for the Divine, and considered himself a worshiper too, though he did not wholly identify with any religion. The son of Methodist missionaries in Suzhou, China, he was ordained a minister as well, and once was president of a Hindu philosophical society in St. Louis while pastoring a church there. He loved God and considered all life a gift. (Tina Feinberg/Associated Press)

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