By Michael Martin
Sophiology--the philosophical and theological inspiration of a transcendent beauty turning into immanent on this planet, via nature, liturgy, prayer, and the arts--is simply now getting into its personal as an immense sector of research. This progressive casebook brings jointly basic resource files, poetry, and demanding articles written through a gaggle of exemplary students operating in theology, philosophy, literary experiences, psychology, and poetics. members comprise Bruce Foltz, Gregory Glazov, Jennifer Newsome Martin, Michael Martin, Aaron Riches, Brent Dean Robbins, Artur Sebastian Rosman, Fr. Robert Slesinski, and Arthur Versluis.
By Mark L. Prophet, Elizabeth Clare Prophet
The authors current the main strong and profound message on ideas of spoken prayer in print at the present time. this significant paintings explains how you can use worded formulation to entry the whole spectrum of religious gentle for private and global transformation. The Prophets introduce the violet flame, an speeded up religious power which could transmute the reason at the back of the impression of ailment and unfavorable karma to deliver existence into concord and stability
By Andrew Harvey
This anthology collects the main lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical culture. Andrew Harvey, the preferred religious pupil and author, has chosen excerpts from historic and modern assets, together with extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and different classical Hindu texts; the phrases of such venerable religious lecturers as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and so on. The scope of this anthology makes it a fabulous creation to Hindu mystical literature, whereas the ability and sweetness of the language will motivate these already accustomed to the style.
By Miguel Conner
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For a number of years, Miguel Conner has engaged the main favorite writers and students on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. those interviews with thirteen top students characterize the best way to get to grasp old Gnosticism, the circulate that has encouraged Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip okay. Dick and The Matrix video clips. learn what the easiest minds need to say in regards to the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the unique teachings of Jesus.
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“You are keeping on your fingers a Gnostic gem, a publication that includes the wealthy knowledge of 13 world-renowned students who learn Gnosticism and the classical world.”
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By Thomas Merton, Lawrence Cunningham
This reader comprises giant parts of consultant texts written over the process Merton's monastic occupation. they're intended to stress his presents as a "spiritual master," which within the Christian context "refers to greatness, now not domination." the decisions are divided into autobiographical and religious writings, although it truly is tricky to split Merton from his non secular questions and reports. His reflective writing finds a large wisdom of religious assets. What makes Merton nice is his "depth of notion, artwork, and imaginitive strength . . . or wisdom." He was once a unprecedented person who used to be outfitted by way of existence event to articulate the deep hungers of the fashionable brain for absolutely the and for which means. This quantity additionally comprises a few lesser-known works that experience by no means been released in ebook shape. - Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington nation Univ. Libs., Pullman
A one-volume anthology of the religious writings of the best religious grasp the yank Catholic church has produced during this century. the choices, that are significant in size, supply a beneficiant sampling of Merton's enormous output.
By Stephen Haliczer
In the future in 1599, within the Spanish village of Saria, seven-year-old Maria Angela Astorch fell ailing and died after gorging herself on unripened almonds. Maria's sister Isabel, a nun, got here to view the physique together with her mom stronger, an ecstatic mystic and visionary named Maria Angela Serafina. conquer via the sight of the lifeless girl's blameless face, Serafina started to pray fervently for the go back of the kid's soul to her physique. getting into a trance, she had a imaginative and prescient during which the Virgin Mary gave her an indication. instantly little Maria Angela began to convey indicators of existence. A second later she scrambled to the floor and used to be quickly restored to excellent health and wellbeing. throughout the Counter-Reformation, the Church used to be faced via a unprecedented upsurge of female spiritual enthusiasm like that of Serafina. encouraged by means of new translations of the lives of the saints, religious girls in all places Catholic Europe sought to mimic those ''athletes of Christ'' via extremes of self-abnegation, actual mortification, and devotion. As within the heart a while, such women's piety frequently took the shape of ecstatic visions, revelations, voices and stigmata. Stephen Haliczer deals a entire portrait of women's mysticism in Golden Age Spain, the place this enthusiasm used to be approximately a mass circulate. The Church's reaction, he indicates, used to be welcoming yet cautious, and the Inquisition took at the activity of winnowing out frauds and imposters. Haliczer attracts on fifteen situations introduced by way of the Inquisition opposed to ladies accused of ''feigned sanctity,'' and on greater than dozen biographies and autobiographies. the major to popularity, he unearths, lay within the orthodoxy of the woman's visions and revelations. He concludes that mysticism provided ladies how to go beyond, even though to not disrupt, the keep an eye on of the male-dominated Church.
By Otto Rahn
The 1st English translation of the ebook that finds the Cathar stronghold at Monts?gur to be the repository of the Holy Grail • provides the background of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden within the medieval epic Parzival and within the poetry of the troubadours • presents new insights into the existence and dying of this talented and arguable writer campaign opposed to the Grail is the bold booklet that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. the 1st version seemed in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves the place the heretical Cathars sect sought safe haven through the thirteenth century. through the years the booklet has been translated into many languages and exerted a wide impact on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, however it hasn't ever seemed in English in the past. a lot as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to find old Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the key position of the Holy Grail. Rahn observed Parzival no longer as a piece of fiction, yet as a ancient account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The campaign that the Vatican led opposed to the Cathars turned a warfare pitting Roma (Rome) opposed to Amor (love), during which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the natural religion of the Cathars.
By Jeffrey J. Kripal
...the Nag Hammadi library is a remarkably wealthy number of texts approximately which we formerly knew in simple terms what the heresiologists or heresy hunters—that is, the traditional enemies of the gnostic Christians had recorded for posterity of their personal offended, “fundamentalist” (and rather orthodox) tirades. Written in a hybrid language of Egyptian and Greek foundation referred to as Coptic, the texts symbolize the non secular specula- tions of a few of the earliest strands of Christianity, such a lot of which died out, and a few really old varieties of Judaism, which might later become a kind of Jewish mystical notion known as the Kabbalah.
But the gnostics of those texts misplaced their very own cultural wars and have been successfully suppressed by means of the orthodox church buildings into close to oblivion; therefore their two-millennium erasure. this is often additionally, incidentally, the main possible cause of the burial of the Nag Hammadi cache within the first position: a few neighborhood Christian priests, who lived in a monastery close by, have been probably attempting to safeguard their very own beneficial library from censoring destruction by the hands of the church gurus. used to be the skeleton a monk?
And but the gnostics by no means fairly died out, given that gnostic types of notion and spirituality endured to come up all through Western background, as Christian heresy, as a variety of types of esoteric perform and philosophy (Hermeticism, Boehmian spirituality, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, Swedenborgian mysticism, Theosophy, and, so much lately, the recent Age), as Romantic poetry (particularly that of William Blake), as German idealism, as existentialism, nihilism, and Jungian psychology, as well known American tradition (the comedian publication or technology fiction novel), and, such a lot correct for us right here, because the smooth learn of faith.
By Sue Bruley
This is often the 1st textual content committed completely to girls in Britain due to the fact 1900 which covers the total century. the writer combines proof from basic examine, with an emphasis on own testimony, with the main up to date paintings of professional students in every one box. Embracing social, financial, political and cultural background, it examines the altering which means of femininity in the wide old time sessions making up the 20th century. every one chronological bankruptcy maps out advancements for girls at paintings, within the kinfolk, sexuality, schooling, feminism and different political hobbies. It doesn't search to supply a triumphalist background of 'great women', yet in its place bargains an account of women's moving id inside of assorted social, fiscal and political contexts, divided by means of type, sexuality, ethnic historical past and different elements. mixing research with humour and emotion in actual lifestyles testimony, Women in Britain considering the fact that 1900 is a woman-centred heritage of england from the suffragettes to the 'Diana effect'.
By Saleel Nurbhai, K. M. Newton
This is often the 1st examine to argue that Jewish Mysticism inspired not just her Jewish novel, Daniel Deronda, yet all of George Eliot's novels. The reader is left with a truly diverse George Eliot from that assumed through so much prior feedback. even though past reviews have tried to qualify the still-dominant view that Eliot is firmly part of the real looking culture, this examine is going extra through demonstrating cohesive mythic constitution with its foundation in Jewish mysticism is identifiable in her fiction.