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Alchemy of the Word
Alchemy of the Word (April 1998)
Cabala of the Renaissance
Philip Beitchman - Author

Explores the literary, philosophical, and cultural implications of Cabala during the Renaissance.

Alchemy of the Word is a study of the literary, philosophical, and cultural ramifications of Cabala during the Renaissance. Important intellectual figures from 1490 to 1690 are considered, including Agrippa, Dee, Spenser, Shakespeare, Browne, and Milton; Cabala's more recent impact is also discussed. Cabala, a hermen...(Read More)
 
 
Women Mystics Confront the Modern World
Women Mystics Confront the Modern World (January 1998)
Marie de l'Incarnation (1599-1672) and Madame Guyon (1648-1717)
Marie-Florine Bruneau - Author

Situates the female mystical tradition within the context of the epistemological shift which occurred at the dawn of the modern world.

Women Mystics Confront the Modern World
situates the female mystical tradition within the context of the epistemological shift which affected religious sentiments and the perception of the self at the dawn of the modern world. Anchored in a comprehensive knowledge of the religious histo...(Read More)
 
 
Gnosis and Hermeticism from Antiquity to Modern Times
Gnosis and Hermeticism from Antiquity to Modern Times (November 1997)
Roelof van den Broek - Editor
Wouter J. Hanegraaff - Editor

Traces the historical development of Western Esotericism--religious traditions which emphasize the importance of inner enlightenment or gnosis.

"This collection presents in a clear and concise way a series of critical distinctions that collectively map the field: Hermetism, Gnosticism, gnosis, Manichaeism, Hermeticism, Catharism, Esotericism, Romanticism, and the New Age. These often confused and misperceived ph...(Read More)
 
 
New Age Religion and Western Culture
New Age Religion and Western Culture (November 1997)
Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought
Wouter J. Hanegraaff - Author

Presents the first systematic analysis of the structure and beliefs of the New Age movement, and the historical emergence of "New Age" as a secularized version of Western esoteric traditions.

Recent years have seen a spectacular rise of the New Age movement and an ever-increasing interest in its beliefs and manifestations. This fascinating work presents the first comprehensive analysis of New Age Religion and its histor...(Read More)
 
 
Advice to the Serious Seeker
Advice to the Serious Seeker (April 1997)
Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon
James S. Cutsinger - Author

This is an introduction to the perennialist school of comparative religious philosophy and a guidebook for the general reader seeking intellectually serious but accessible answers to questions about the spiritual life.

"A magnificent introduction to the greatest religious thinker of our century." -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

"To have been brought up and educated in the mod...(Read More)
 
 
Blake's Nostos
Blake's Nostos (March 1997)
Fragmentation and Nondualism in The Four Zoas
Kathryn S. Freeman - Author

Establishes Blake’s controversial, unfinished epic, The Four Zoas, as the culmination of his mythos.

Blake's Nostos
establishes The Four Zoas, Blake's controversial, unfinished epic, as the culmination of the poet's mythos. Kathryn S. Freeman shows that, in its freedom to experiment with nontraditional narrative, this prophetic book is Blake's fullest representation of nondual vision as it coexists w...(Read More)
 
 
The Only Tradition
The Only Tradition (February 1997)
William W. Quinn Jr. - Author

Examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of its great exponents, Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and offers a critique of the West from the standpoint of traditional principles.
The Only Tradition
examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and t...(Read More)
 
 
Florence Nightingale in Egypt and Greece
Florence Nightingale in Egypt and Greece (December 1996)
Her Diary and "Visions"
Michael D. Calabria - Author

A remarkable spiritual testimony, this complete transcription of Florence Nightingale's hitherto-unpublished diary (recorded during visits to Egypt and Greece in 1850) reveals the troubled period during which she finally realized that the answer to her call from God lay in service to humanity.

Prior to her heroic efforts in nursing during the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale experienced tremendous psychological and spir...(Read More)
 
 
Paschal Beverly Randolph
Paschal Beverly Randolph (November 1996)
A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician
John Patrick Deveney - Author

This first scholarly work on Randolph includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.

This is a superb piece of work. It is the only book that I know of about Randolph, who is generally considered a notable curiosity of nineteenth-century esotericism, but whom the author establishes as an absolutely central and pivotal historical character. This historiography is masterful--meticulously deta...(Read More)
 
 
Paracelsus
Paracelsus (November 1996)
Speculative Theory and the Crisis of the Early Reformation
Andrew Weeks - Author

CHOICE 1997 Outstanding Academic Book

Paracelsus is commonly regarded as one of the great figures of sixteenth-century Europe and of German intellectual history. This book examines the content of his writings in order to clarify it and its historical context.

"This book treats as a unity the two sides of Paracelsus's thought--its speculative and theological aspects and its medical and scient...(Read More)
 
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