The Hackett edition of this classic of medieval philosophy and mysticism--a plan of pilgrimage for the learned Franciscan wishing to reach the apex of the mystical experience--combines the highly regarded Boehner translation with a new introduction by Stephen Brown focusing on St. Francis as a model of the contemplative life, the meaning of the Itinerarium, its place in Bonaventure's mystical theology, and the plan of the work. Boehner's Latin Notes, as well as Latin texts from other works of Bonaventure included in the Franciscan Institute Edition, are rendered here in English, making this the edition of choice for the beginning student.
The awareness of “light” as both a concept and a phenomenon existed long before it became a matter of scientific interest. This volume investigates the many ways in which light has been conceptualized throughout history. Employing different methodological approaches derived from various disciplines in the humanities, the essays gathered here situate the concept of light within discourses on gender, religion, intellectual life, politics, art, and digital culture. Through diverse perspectives, light is defined – in some cases synchronically – as a physical phenomenon, a visual tool, and a philosophic idea. This book combines the fields of intellectual studies, religion, literature, and visual culture to explore the complexities of conceptual paradigms that represent various manifestations of the idea of light. Through original readings, the contributing authors present a range of scholarly perspectives, offering new interpretations of the idea of light and its history within the humanities.
Jean Gerson and the Transformation of Late Medieval Learning
Author: Daniel Hobbins
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Widely recognized by contemporaries as the most powerful theologian of his generation, Jean Gerson (1363-1429) dominated the stage of western Europe during a time of plague, fratricidal war, and religious schism. Yet modern scholarship has struggled to define Gerson's place in history, even as it searches for a compelling narrative to tell the story of his era. Daniel Hobbins argues for a new understanding of Gerson as a man of letters actively managing the publication of his works in a period of rapid expansion in written culture. More broadly, Hobbins casts Gerson as a mirror of the complex cultural and intellectual shifts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In contrast to earlier theologians, Gerson took a more humanist approach to reading and to authorship. He distributed his works, both Latin and French, to a more diverse medieval public. And he succeeded in reaching a truly international audience of readers within his lifetime. Through such efforts, Gerson effectively embodies the aspirations of a generation of writers and intellectuals. Removed from the narrow confines of late scholastic theology and placed into a broad interdisciplinary context, his writings open a window onto the fascinating landscape of fifteenth-century Europe. The picture of late medieval culture that emerges from this study is neither a specter of decaying scholasticism nor a triumphalist narrative of budding humanism and reform. Instead, Hobbins describes a period of creative and dynamic growth, when new attitudes toward writing and debate demanded and eventually produced new technologies of the written word.
The path to true human happiness is governed by the laws of nature, including the nature of man. It took me over 18 years to discover them; by the time you get to the end of this book you will know the path I took. This is a report of my journey to discover who I am and why I am here. I have discovered that the purpose and course of my life is determined in the same manner as yours. It matters not who you are or what your particular circumstance is. It doesn't matter if you have lost a child to death or not. It doesn't even matter if you have children or not. It matters not if you are a murderer or a saint; gay or straight; male or female; first world citizen or jungle savage; plant or animal. The purpose for living is the same for all living things. This book is the result of my search for what the true content of The Mind of God is, and how, by once acquiring the content of The Mind of God, it can be applied to one's own benefit. By reading this book you will be exposed to the method of human knowledge acquisition and it will forever change the content of your mind. It is said that a mind, once expanded by a new idea, can never return to its original size. Prepare yourself for a mind-expanding experience.
Learn how to release old negative thought-patterns and self-limiting beliefs for a better quality of life, and at the same time heal your soul, mind, and body. Dr. Michael H. Likey, Ph.D., D.D. shares the history and techniques behind the success of his Mind Treatments. Dr. Likey is a Doctor of Metaphysical Science, Reiki-Master, Clinical Hypnotherapist, teacher and author. He is a Member of the American Metaphysical Doctors Association, Association of Ethical and Professional Hypnotherapists, England, and Associate-Member of the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry. He is the CEO of Canada's first Academy of Metaphysics, and the CEO/Founder of his own ministry, the International Spiritual-Light Centre.
This illustrated edition of Sir Anthony Kenny's acclaimed survey ofWestern philosophy offers the most concise and compelling story ofthe complete development of philosophy available. Spanning 2,500 years of thought, An Illustrated Brief History ofWestern Philosophy provides essential coverage of the mostinfluential philosophers of the Western world, among them Socrates,Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli,Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel,Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Frege, Russell, andWittgenstein. Replete with over 60 illustrations - ranging from Dufresnoy's TheDeath of Socrates, through to the title page of Thomas More'sUtopia, portraits of Hobbes and Rousseau, photographs of CharlesDarwin and Bertrand Russell, Freud's own sketch of the Ego and theId, and Wittgenstein's Austrian military identity card - this lucidand masterful work is ideal for anyone with an interest in Westernthought.
Asking why Western women are dropping out of traditional religion in record numbers, the best-selling author of A Woman's Book of Life probes the disconnect between patriarchal religion and women's experience and shows women the path to spiritual healing. Reprint.
Experiencing the Mysteries of God in the Journey from Head to Heart
Author: J. Ray Addison Ph. D.
Have you ever asked, What does it take to get truth from my head to my heart? How can I genuinely experience God's love that casts out fear? When we seek God's answers to human questions, the results may be unexpected. God's answers are often beyond our understanding-yet they are within reach of our heart. It is these 18 inches between head and heart that can mean the difference between being deceived and experiencing the mysteries of God. For over thirty years, therapists Ray and Susan Addison have had the unique privilege to study both the mysteries of the human mind and the mysteries of God. In their counseling practice, they join with people struggling with overwhelming challenges and watch God comfort and restore them. 18 Inches is intended for those who are distracted by anxiety and stress and overcome with despair and a sense of futility. To discover God's will, the Addisons say we must first recognize our own will and our compulsion to be in control. This book is mined from scripture as well as from the lives of the authors. Read it! You just might find that you are only 18 inches away from experiencing the fullness of God!
Welcome to the Journey! Your faith life is an ongoing journey. But God doesn’t want you to do this alone. God wants you to be a fisher of men and women. He wants you to be a disciple maker and help people follow Jesus by loving them through personal relationships. The first step of your discipleship process is the Love Someone Today booklet. (If you haven’t read it, go get one and read it with a friend.) The second step is this book. It contains eighteen spiritually enriching lessons that will help you grow in your personal relationship with the Lord, and is designed to be read with another person—a discipler or disciple. To follow Jesus, here are some basic truths you’ll need to learn: • How to Nurture Gratitude • How to Receive the Savior • How to Reject Evil • How to Live Your Eternal Life Now • How to Keep Growing • How to Pray Every Day • How to Serve God Keep walking with Jesus and invite others to walk with you. Take them on a journey of faith today. When you purchase this book, you also become a blessing to others, as Bo donates the royalties from all his books to his many dynamic ministries.
Do you yearn for peace, a soul rest, in times of turmoil? Do you desire a stronger faith, a water-walking faith? Do you aspire to have the mind of Christ and make decisions with the wisdom of God? Then, God-life is the book for you. Eight life-changing sections will lead you with biblical truths to become what God saved you to be. God-life is for today's Christian seeking to live a Christ-like life in the 2lst Century. It is a superb book for individual or small group study. "As I have traveled around the world... one desperate need... jumps out...for believers to fully comprehend the depth of their relationship with Christ. Ernest Kelley has hit the nail on the head. Understanding the meaning of the new birth... provision God has made for us to proceed into Christ-likeness is a strategic journey for the believer. God-Life will clearly and compellingly chart the course for that journey." James T. Draper, Jr., President Emeritus, LifeWay Christian Resources "Lively and energetic, filled with poignant illustrations and Scripture texts... I was inspired, challenged, and greatly encouraged... every agnostic, seeker, new believer, and matured Christian who needs to be informed by a fresh word about God should read this book." J. Robert White, Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Convention "If you are looking for a book... full of sound theology about the nature and unlimited power of Almighty God... I commend... with genuine enthusiasm." B. Carlisle Driggers, Executive Director-Treasurer Emeritus, South Carolina Baptist Convention Dr. Ernest J. Kelley graduated from Southwestern and Golden Gate seminaries. His ministry has included pastorates, leadership with the Georgia Baptist Convention and SBC Home Mission/North American Mission Boards. He currently enjoys interim pastorates, teaching, writing, and traveling. He lives in Atlanta with Eleanor, his wife. They have two daughters, Susan and Karen.
This companion brings together a team of contemporary theologians and writers to provide substantial introductions to the key people who shaped the Christian story and tradition. A substantial reference work, bringing together over 75 entries on the most important and influential theologians in the history of Christianity Structured accessibly around five periods: early centuries, middle ages, reformation period, the Enlightenment, and the twentieth-century to the present A to Z entries range from substantial essays to shorter overviews, each of which locates the theologian in their immediate context, summarizes the themes of their work, and explains their significance Covers a broad span of theologians, from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas, through to C. S. Lewis, James Cone, and Rosemary Radford Reuther Provides profiles of key Catholic, protestant, evangelical, and progressive theologians Includes a useful timeline to orientate the reader, reading lists, and a glossary of key terms
The journey for many first-century believers was difficult because they had not fully grasped the magnitude of this new covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. The book of Hebrews was written for these new believers to help them understand that Jesus is their High Priest and that he and he alone can strengthen them for the journey of life. Jeff Snell has written a faith-building study from the book of Hebrews to remind us that Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews affirms that Jesus is able to strengthen us for the journey through this life and throughout eternity. Book jacket.
A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism
Author: Gavin Flood
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The idea that there is a truth within the person linked to the discovery of a deeper, more fundamental, more authentic self, has been a common theme in many religions throughout history and an idea that is still with us today. This inwardness or interiority unique to me as an essential feature of who I am has been an aspect of culture and even a defining characteristic of human being; an authentic, private sphere to which we can retreat that is beyond the conflicts of the outer world. This inner world becomes more real than the outer, which is seen as but a pale reflection. Remarkably, the image of the truth within is found across cultures and this book presents an account of this idea in the pre-modern history of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Furthermore, in theistic religions, Christianity and some forms of Hinduism, the truth within is conflated with the idea of God within and in all cases this inner truth is thought to be not only the heart of the person, but also the heart of the universe itself. Gavin Flood examines the metaphor of inwardness and the idea of truth within, along with the methods developed in religions to attain it such as prayer and meditation. These views of inwardness that link the self to cosmology can be contrasted with a modern understanding of the person. In examining the truth within in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, Flood offers a hermeneutical phenomenology of inwardness and a defence of comparative religion.
This book—God, Psychosis and I: A Journey into My Own Mind—is not only a narration, but also a revelation of a woman's Christian beliefs put to test after bouts of depression beginning in early teenage years, that progressed into paranoid schizophrenia in 1997. After she earned her Masters in Psychology, the sophistication and the well-esteemed modern-day psychology fell short of an answer. Ultimately, she discovered that Biblical truths are not after all obsolete as an approach in dealing with her mental condition. This book is not an "all-out juxtaposition" of science and religion rather a personal journey to the complex world of psychosis, in which she has become a subject of her own study!
The Deuteronomy Project is one of the most needed books on the market today. Whether you are a long-established Christian, a new believer, a seeker, or an atheist or agnostic, the pages of this destined-to-be-a-classic novel will snag your curiosity, pique your interest, and grip your heart. Couser takes the reader on a journey that entertains and teaches, and instructs and fascinates, all through the eyes of Chris, a successful lawyer and family man who yearns for deeper meaning and purpose in his everyday life. Hal is the mentor who shows him the only way to find it.
Peter Kreeft invites seekers to accompany Socrates on the search for truth. With sharp questions and canny wit he will coach you past the winsome, the wily and the half-wise spin-doctors of error who populate the ancient byways. In classic Kreeftian style, this narrative entertains even as it provides a convincing apologetic.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation (Matthew 12:4346, KJV). Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord (Psalm 4:5, (KJV).
Journey Back to God explores Origen of Alexandria's creative, complex, and controversial treatment of the problem of evil. It argues that his layered cosmology functions as a theodicy that deciphers deeper meaning beneath cosmic disparity. Origen asks: why does God create a world where some suffer more than others? On the surface, the unfair arrangement of the world defies theological coherence. In order to defend divine justice against the charge of cosmic mismanagement, Origen develops a theological cosmology that explains the ontological status and origin of evil as well as its cosmic implications. Origen's theodicy hinges on the journey of the soul back to God. Its themes correlate with the soul's creation, fall and descent into materiality, gradual purification, and eventual divinization. The world, for Origen, functions as a school and hospital for the soul where it undergoes the necessary education and purgation. Origen carefully calibrates his cosmology and theology. He portrays God as a compassionate and judicious teacher, physician, and father who employs suffering for our amelioration. Journey Back to God frames the systematic study of Origen's theodicy within a broader theory of theodicy as navigation, which signifies the dynamic process whereby we impute meaning to suffering. It unites the logical and spiritual facets of his theodicy, and situates it in its third-century historical, theological, and philosophical context, correcting the distortions that continue to plague Origen scholarship. Furthermore, the study clarifies his ambiguous position on universalism within the context of his eschatology. Finally, it assesses the cogency and contemporary relevance of Origen's theodicy, highlighting the problems and prospects of his bold, constructive, and optimistic vision.
For 365 days during 2005-2006, Revs. Deborah and Paul Phelps allowed their minds to be open to the Voice of God and to receive His messages. By simply utilizing their daily life situations as conversation topics with the Holy Spirit, they found that their healing increased by the simple act of practical application of the ideas of forgiveness in A Course in Miracles. These personal messages were written daily and now shared with many.