Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative by Cyril O'Regan

By Cyril O'Regan

Argues that the discourse of Jacob Boehme represents the go back of Gnostic inspiration in modernity after one thousand 12 months hiatus.

Jacob Boehme, the seventeenth-century German speculative mystic, inspired the philosophers Hegel and Schelling and either English and German Romantics alike together with his visionary concept. Gnostic Apocalypse specializes in the best way Boehme's suggestion repeats and surpasses post-reformation Lutheran considering, deploys and subverts the commitments of medieval mysticism, realizes the speculative thrust of Renaissance alchemy, is open to esoteric discourses similar to the Kabbalah, and articulates a dynamic metaphysics. This e-book seriously assesses the remarkable declare made within the 19th century that Boehme's visionary discourse represents in the confines of particularly Protestant proposal not anything lower than the go back of old Gnosis. even supposing the grounds adduced on behalf of the “Gnostic go back” declare within the 19th century are disregarded as questionable, O'Regan exhibits that the elemental instinct is true. Boehme's visionary discourse does signify a go back of Gnosticism within the glossy interval, and during this lies its primary declare to our modern philosophical, theological, and literary recognition.

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Noble Purpose: The Joy of Living a Meaningful Life by Professor of Education William Damon

By Professor of Education William Damon

This e-book describes the private and religious advantages of dwelling existence in a manner that issues, with an understanding that one’s existence can mirror a feeling of upper goal it doesn't matter what the situations. The e-book attracts upon non secular, philosophical, and literary writings to teach how people in lots of cultures and historic epochs have pursued noble reasons by way of answering God’s name as each one hears it. Noble function should be pursued either in heroic acts and in daily habit. The publication indicates how usual people—teachers, enterprise execs, mom and dad, citizens—can ennoble what they do by way of being conscious of its private that means. It additionally issues out that humility is an important advantage should you pursue a noble objective. nice heroes are daring, brave, and occasionally audacious of their selection to be successful; yet also they are humble of their wisdom in their personal obstacles. additionally, somebody mustn't ever violate simple ethical legislation whereas pursuing a noble purpose—the potential has to be as ethical because the ends. objective brings coherence and pride to people’s lives, generating pleasure in sturdy instances and resilience in demanding occasions. It additionally provides a paradox: exertions in provider of noble goal that transcends own achieve is a surer route to happiness than the self-indulgent pursuit of happiness for its personal sake. The nearer we come to God’s objective for us, the extra chuffed our lives develop into. From the foundation and examples conveyed during this ebook, we examine that every one members be able to notice their very own God-given talents, to profit the world’s desire for the companies they could supply, and to event pleasure in serving society and God of their exact methods. As theologian Frederick Buechner writes, "The position God calls you to is where the place your deep gladness and the world’s deep starvation meet."

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Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury by Adrian J. Ivakhiv

By Adrian J. Ivakhiv

Claiming Sacred GroundPilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and SedonaAdrian J. IvakhivA research of individuals and politics at New Age non secular sites.In this richly textured account, Adrian Ivakhiv makes a speciality of the actions of pilgrim-migrants to Glastonbury, England and Sedona, Arizona. He discusses their efforts to come across and event the spirit or power of the land and to mark out its value through making an investment it with sacred meanings. Their endeavors are offered opposed to a vast canvas of cultural and environmental struggles linked to the incorporation of such geographically marginal areas into an increasing worldwide cultural financial system. Ivakhiv sees those contested and "heterotopic" landscapes because the nexus of a posh internet of interestes and longings: from millennial anxieties and nostalgic re-imaginings of background and prehistory; to real-estate strength grabs; contending spiritual visions; and the loose play of rules from technology, pseudo-science, and pop culture. Looming over all this is often the nonhuman lifetime of those landscapes, an"otherness" that alternately finds and conceals itself at the back of a pagenant of ideals, photographs, and place-myths.A major contribution to scholarship on substitute spirituality, sacred area, and the politics of traditional landscapes, Claiming Sacred flooring will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural stories, and the sociology of non secular events and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers should be inspired via the cultural, ecological, and non secular dimensions of outstanding usual landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the college of Environmental stories at York collage in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental reports organization of Canada.April 2001384 pages, 24 b&w photographs, 2 figs., nine maps, 6 1/8 x nine 1/4, index, append.cloth 0-253-33899-9 $37.40 s / ?28.50 ContentsI DEPARTURES 1 energy and hope in Earth's Tangled net 2 Reimagining Earth three Orchestrating Sacred SpaceII Glastonbury four degree, Props, and avid gamers of Avalon five Many Glastonburys: Place-Myths and Contested SpacesIII SEDONA 6 pink Rocks to genuine property 7 New Agers, Vortexes, and the Sacred LandscapeIV ARRIVALS eight Practices of position: Nature and Heterotopia past the hot Age

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Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition by Richard Smoley

By Richard Smoley

Internal Christianity is the 1st creation to mystical and esoteric Christianity for the overall reader. It speaks from a nonsectarian perspective, unearthing insights from the complete of the Christian culture, orthodox and heretical, recognized and imprecise. The esoteric culture has regularly sought for meanings that may yield a deeper internal wisdom of the divine. whereas conventional Christianity attracts a timeline from Adam's Fall to the Day of Judgment, the esoteric frequently sees time as folding in on itself, bringing each aspect to the right here and now. whereas the Church fought bitterly over dogma, the esoteric borrowed freely from different traditions—Kabbalah, astrology, and alchemy—in their look for metaphors of internal fact.

Rather than basing his e-book round exponents of esoteric doctrine, pupil Richard Smoley concentrates at the questions which are of curiosity to each looking out Christian. How can one reach direct religious event? What does "the Fall" relatively let us know approximately coming to phrases with the area we are living in? will we locate salvation in lifestyle? How will we ascend, spiritually, throughout the a variety of degrees of life? What was once Christ's precise message to humankind? From the Gospel of Thomas to A direction in Miracles, from the Jesus Prayer to alchemy and Tarot, from Origen to Dante to Jung, Richard Smoley sheds the sunshine of an alternate Christianity on those matters and extra.

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Ennead II (Loeb Classical Library, Volume 441) by A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus

By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus

Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited by way of his disciple Porphyry, who released them decades after his master's demise in six units of 9 treatises every one (the Enneads).

Plotinus appeared Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily comparable considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few impacts from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used significantly. he's a different mixture of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His concept ruled later Greek philosophy and stimulated either Christians and Moslems, and continues to be alive this present day due to its union of rationality and extreme non secular adventure.

In his acclaimed version of Plotinus, Armstrong presents very good introductions to every treatise. His worthy notes clarify imprecise passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.

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Bonaventure (Great Medieval Thinkers) by Christopher M. Cullen

By Christopher M. Cullen

"A realized and really apt advent to the philosophical and theological considered Bonaventure." --Times Literary Supplement

The nice Franciscan theologian St. Bonaventure (c.1217-74) engaged in philosophy in addition to theology, and the relation among the 2 in Bonaventure's paintings has lengthy been debated. but, few reports were dedicated to Bonaventure's proposal as an entire. during this survey, Christopher M. Cullen unearths Bonaventure as a good synthesizer, whose approach of notion bridged the distance among theology and philosophy.

The e-book is geared up in accordance with the kinds of Bonaventure's personal vintage textual content, De reductione artium advert theologiam. Cullen follows Bonaventure's personal department of the branches of philosophy and theology, interpreting them as separate yet similar entities. He indicates that Bonaventure was once a scholastic, whose mysticism was once grounded in systematic theological and philosophical reasoning. He provides a clean and nuanced point of view on Bonaventure's debt to Augustine, whereas clarifying Aristotle's impact. Cullen additionally places Bonaventure's principles in context of his time and position, contributing considerably to our realizing of the medieval world.

This available advent offers a much-needed review of Bonaventure's suggestion. Cullen deals a transparent and infrequent interpreting of "Bonaventurianism" in and for itself, with out the issues of critique and comparability. This e-book gives you to develop into a customary textual content on Bonaventure, beneficial for college students and students of philosophy, theology, medieval reports, and the background of Christianity.

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The Bahir by Aryeh Kaplan

By Aryeh Kaplan

Textual content: English (translation), Hebrew (original)
Diagrams, remark, and notes included.

About the editor, translator, commentator
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was once born in manhattan urban and was once informed within the Torah Voda'as and Mir Yeshivot in Brooklyn. After years of analysis at Jerusalem's Mir Yeshiva, he used to be ordained by means of a few of Israel's finest rabbinic professionals. He additionally earned a master's measure in physics and was once indexed in Who's Who in Physics within the usa. during a writing occupation spanning in simple terms twelve years, Rabbi Kaplan earned a name as some of the most potent, persuasive, scholarly, and prolific exponents of Judaism within the English language. He died on January 28, 1983, on the age of 48.

The first publication in any language ever to bare the method of the traditional Kabbalists, this can be one of many oldest and most crucial of all historical Kabbalistic texts. All references, either to manuscripts and revealed fabric are rigorously pointed out, and the whole Hebrew textual content of The Bahir is incorporated.

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