The Curve of the Sacred: An Exploration of Human by Constantin V. Ponomareff;Kenneth A. Bryson

By Constantin V. Ponomareff;Kenneth A. Bryson

This interdisciplinary ebook examines the character of spirituality and the function it performs within the look for which means. Spirituality is a loving tendency in the direction of the sacred. In a mundane atmosphere, the sacred is taken to be an influence more than self. In a spiritual setting, the Sacred refers to God, or larger strength. The publication examines the advancements of the s/Sacred in nice artworks and literature, in addition to in drugs, theology, psychology, philosophy, and faith. Spirituality additionally features as an unloving tendency in the direction of disunity, or a strength for evil. the 1st a part of the publication examines the methods of the non secular as a strength for solid and evil. we have now simply witnessed one of many bloodiest centuries in human historical past. The event of 2 international Wars leaves a legacy of brokenness: “Where Nossack’s memories bore poetic, compassionate, and private witness to the catastrophe, Eliot’s poetry reads extra like a sacred and spiritual poem taking modern Western eu civilization to task—much just like the biblical prophets of old—for its non secular bankruptcy.” Albert Einstein, Edvard Munch’s Madonna, and Carl Jung’s ‘unconscious’ contact the curve of the Sacred in additional promising locations. the second one half examines how the quest for which means works. the excellence among being human and being someone performs a crucial position within the lifetime of the religious; “…the religious is happen within the actions happening within the imperative self. The crucial self is the locus of all concepts, emotions, acts of cause and judgment, awake and subconscious approaches alike. The relevant self is where the place social relationships and environmental relationships are processed. the basic characteristic of the imperative self is that it doesn't exist outdoors those processes.” an analogous non secular energies that remove darkness from nice artworks additionally remove darkness from our damaging part, in basic terms the institutions’ switch. Contents Editorial Foreword through Kenneth A. BRYSON Foreword by way of Rose Tekel Acknowledgments creation by means of Kenneth A. BRYSON half One Constantin V. PONOMAREFF: Spirituality from the point of view of the arts culture One: The Sacred and Evil : Healers and Would-Be Healers 3: The Koran’s Compassionate Spirit 4: ameliorations of the Sacred in Russian Society 5: Mussorgsky’s evening on Bald Mountain Six: T.S. Eliot’s “The wilderness” Seven: G?nter Grass’s The Tin Drum: The Sacred in damaging Guise 8: A Meditation on Albert Camus 9: The Sacred as Subatomic Particle, photo, Subliminal Intelligence or Metaphor Ten: Albert Einstein 11: Edvard Munch’s Madonna Twelve: Jung’s subconscious 13: The Sacred and Time half Kenneth A. BRYSON: turning into own from the non secular Fourteen: the character of Spirituality Fifteen: performing in the direction of the Divine photo 16: The religious Nature of Dependency Seventeen: restoration as procedure Eighteen: Spirituality and Human demise Nineteen: Spirituality and faith Notes Bibliography in regards to the Authors Index

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15 In his view, the totalitarian drive of corporate society to keep its control of the communication of political and financial knowledge is a symptom of a sick civilization. Barrett’s and Saul’s profound concern with the health of the social organism of Western civilization, a sign of which is the narrowing of individual human potential, brings their work directly in touch with the universal healing impulse. Some writers and poets, social prophets and philosophers have been, at best, only would-be healers.

His protest against contemporary European, especially German Nazi culture, turns into a refusal on his part to grow physically—but not intellectually—after the age of three. ”2 He destroys in order to create anew. We find this longing for a better world expressed in a new image of man when he and Klepp give vent to their existential sense of grief by cutting up pictures in a photograph album: We bent and folded the pictures, and cut them up with the little scissors we carried about with us for this precise purpose.

In this sense, the metaphorical impact may run counter to the expressed social intent, as was the case with Borchert’s play, in which the metaphorical language, the images, ran totally counter to the social optimism with which Borchert tried to infuse his play. In Eliot’s poem, we find just the reverse, as we will see, so that the poet’s explicit pessimism about the chances of Western European society spiritually surviving the consequences of war, is in turn countered by the more hopeful implicit emotional sequence of the poem, by the metaphorical thrust of crucial imagery.

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