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The Participatory Turn

Author: Jorge N. Ferrer
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791476014
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Cuts through traditional debates to argue that religious phenomena are cocreated by human cognition and a generative spiritual power.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook Of Transpersonal Psychology

Author: Harris L. Friedman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119050294
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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology presents the most inclusive resource yet published on this topic - which seeks to benefit humanity by integrating ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. Features the work of more than fifty leading voices in the field, creating the most comprehensive survey of transpersonal psychology yet published Includes emerging and established perspectives Charts the breadth and diversity of the transpersonal landscape Covers topics including shamanism, neurobiology, holotropic states, transpersonal experiences, and more

Teaching Mysticism

Author: William B. Parsons
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190208635
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The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.

The Blue Sapphire Of The Mind

Author: Douglas E. Christie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199986649
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"There are no unsacred places," the poet Wendell Berry has written. "There are only sacred places and desecrated places." What might it mean to behold the world with such depth and feeling that it is no longer possible to imagine it as something separate from ourselves, or to live without regard for its well-being? To understand the work of seeing things as an utterly involving moral and spiritual act? Such questions have long occupied the center of contemplative spiritual traditions. In The Blue Sapphire of the Mind, Douglas E. Christie proposes a distinctively contemplative approach to ecological thought and practice that can help restore our sense of the earth as a sacred place. Drawing on the insights of the early Christian monastics as well as the ecological writings of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and many others, Christie argues that, at the most basic level, it is the quality of our attention to the natural world that must change if we are to learn how to live in a sustainable relationship with other living organisms and with one another. He notes that in this uniquely challenging historical moment, there is a deep and pervasive hunger for a less fragmented and more integrated way of apprehending and inhabiting the living world--and for a way of responding to the ecological crisis that expresses our deepest moral and spiritual values. Christie explores how the wisdom of ancient and modern contemplative traditions can inspire both an honest reckoning with the destructive patterns of thought and behavior that have contributed so much to our current crisis, and a greater sense of care and responsibility for all living beings. These traditions can help us cultivate the simple, spacious awareness of the enduring beauty and wholeness of the natural world that will be necessary if we are to live with greater purpose and meaning, and with less harm, to our planet.

Partakers Of The Divine

Author: Jacob Holsinger Sherman
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451480253
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An extended essay in contemplative philosophy, the meeting of mystical and philosophical theology, Partakers of the Divine shows that Christian philosophical and contemplative practices arose together and that throughout much of Christian history philosophy, theology and contemplation remained internal to one another. Further, the relation of philosophy, theology, and contemplation to one another is of more than antiquarian interest, for it provides theologians and philosophers of religion today with a way forward beyond many of the stalemates that have beset discussions about faith and reason, the role of religion in contemporary culture, and the challenges of modernity and postmodernity.

Psychoanalyse Und Religion

Author: Erich Fromm
Publisher: Open Publishing Rights GmbH
ISBN: 3959120303
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In diesem Buch aus dem Jahr 1950 hat Fromm erstmals seine Ansichten zur Religion veröffentlicht. Sie sind von seiner Beschäftigung mit der Psychoanalyse ebenso beeinflusst, wie von seiner Auseinandersetzung mit nicht-theistischen Religionen und der Mystik. Fromms Sicht der Religion ist stark davon geprägt, dass er ein autoritäres Religionsverständnis einem humanistischen gegenüberstellt – eine Kontrastierung, die auf der in Psychoanalyse und Ethik ausgeführten Unterscheidung zwischen einer nicht-produktiven und der produktiven Charakterorientierung aufbaut. Da institutionalisierte Volksreligionen in der Regel an den nicht-produktiven Gesellschafts-Charakterorientierungen partizipieren, haben sie nur zu oft negative Wirkungen für das Gelingen des Menschen. Diese Erkenntnis führt bei Fromm zu einer deutlichen Religionskritik, obwohl für ihn das Phänomen des Religiösen ein urmenschliches Phänomen ist. Fromms kritische Auseinandersetzung mit autoritären Religionsphänomenen provozierte eine zum Teil heftig geführte Auseinandersetzung vor allem mit christlichen Theologen des angelsächsischen Raums, die sich gegen Fromms Kritik am calvinistisch geprägten Protestantismus zur Wehr setzten und nicht müde wurden, sein humanistisches Religionsverständnis in Frage zu stellen.