Ninian Smart was born in Cambridge England in 1927. Smart attended the Glasgow Academy before joining the military in 1945 serving until 1948 in the British Army Intelligence Corps. Leaving the army as a Captain with a scholarship to Queen’s College University of Oxford he reverted to his Glasgow major Classics and Philosophy. However for his B.Phil. work he returned to world religions writing what he came to consider the first dissertation in Oxford on philosophy of religion after World War II.