A Sociable God: Toward a New Understanding of Religion

A Sociable God: Toward a New Understanding of Religion

by Roger Walsh
     
 

In
one of the first attempts to bring an integral dimension to sociology, Ken
Wilber introduces a system of reliable methods by which to make testable
judgments of the authenticity of any religious movement.
A
Sociable God

is a concise work based on Wilber's "spectrum of consciousness"
theory, which views

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In
one of the first attempts to bring an integral dimension to sociology, Ken
Wilber introduces a system of reliable methods by which to make testable
judgments of the authenticity of any religious movement.
A
Sociable God

is a concise work based on Wilber's "spectrum of consciousness"
theory, which views individual and cultural development as an evolutionary
continuum. Here he focuses primarily on worldviews (archaic, magic, mythic,
mental, psychic, subtle, causal, nondual) and evaluates various cultural and
religious movements on a scale ranging from egocentric to ethnocentric to
worldcentric to Kosmic. By using this integral view, Wilber hopes, society
would be able to discriminate between dangerous cults and authentic spiritual
paths. In addition, he points out why these distinctions are crucial in
understanding spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness.

In
a lengthy new introduction, the author brings the reader up to date on his
latest integral thinking and concludes that, for the succinct and elegant way
it argues for a sociology of depth,
A
Sociable God

remains a clarion call for a greater sociology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834822948
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
Shambhala Publications
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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