Anatomyzing Divinity: Studies in Science, Esotericism and Political Theology

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This three-part analysis of modernity assesses the impact that Western thought and philosophy has had on today's world. Making use of neglected research from the fringes of academia, "Anatomyzing Divinity" traces the circuitous path of occult wisdom from China, India, Egypt and the Hellenistic world to Byzantium and beyond. At the heart of the book is an investigation of the life and thought of G. W. Leibniz, the man who invented calculus and laid the groundwork for binary code, which in turn made computers ...

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Overview

This three-part analysis of modernity assesses the impact that Western thought and philosophy has had on today's world. Making use of neglected research from the fringes of academia, "Anatomyzing Divinity" traces the circuitous path of occult wisdom from China, India, Egypt and the Hellenistic world to Byzantium and beyond. At the heart of the book is an investigation of the life and thought of G. W. Leibniz, the man who invented calculus and laid the groundwork for binary code, which in turn made computers possible. Leibniz's roots, Kelley shows, lay in the Frankish metaphysical tradition, and thus have little in common with some of his contemporaries' materialism. Along the way, sidelights are turned on 1) the occult basis of Western political systems, as well as 2) the alchemical basis of much Western philosophy and theology.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936296279
  • Publisher: Trine Day
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,206,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Kelley is the author of A Realism of Glory. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    A real grown-up, academically respectable reading of alchemy, but also fun!

    I have always been interested in the roots of alchemy, though most books on the subject promise much more than they deliver. Not so with James L. Kelley's Anatomyzing Divinity, which delivers many insights into the Hellenic-Egyptian beginnings of alchemy. Kelley mentions C. Anne Wilson's book Iosis, a rare item that proposes--quite persuasively--that the "purpling" stage of alchemy, the stage often spoken of as following the "yellowing" stage, involves the making of a potion that grants divinity or at least great power to its imbiber. Wilson's work is drawn upon to great effect by Kelley, who leaves us wanting more with his densely-packed volume.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

    A must read.

    This is a very is a very nicely researched book. After spending the day reading it, I am reminded of the James Burke TV series (The Day the Universe Change, Connections 1,2, and 3) in that is shows how things like the understanding of the philosophical and mystical ways of alchemy lead on to the binary system used in computers everyday. It is a good example on how people thought back then and still produces practical results whether they are right or not in their way of thinking. It great for bringing up discussion on the complexities of history. Short but sweet. Try it out.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    If you like Joseph P. Farrell, this is a must.

    I am new to the "conspiracy" genre, having a background in academic history, so I am quite cautious when I venture out into weird territory. If you are close-minded, do not apply, but for the rest of us, we have found a major ally and spokesperson in Joseph P. Farrell. His voluminous output speaks for itself. If you are a neophyte, buy Farrell's "Grid of the Gods" and prepare to be amazed. But your next purchase should be this book, "Anatomyzing Divinity." This is the first book I know of that adopts Farrell's methods and/or purview to tackle new areas (or, at least, to tackle Farrell's research interests from a new vantage point). This book talks a lot about the inner workings of the "esoteric" world view. I was shocked to see how pervasive this "occult" view is in the modern world. The author, maverick scholar James L. Kelley, shows how the philosophy and theology behind alchemy has influenced where we have ended up in the Western world. The section on King Philip the Fair of France was sprinkled with irony and humor, since the great king wanted to be...a statue! I know, it sounds odd, but there was a long development of thought from the early middle ages that led to Philip's desire to, in a real sense, cancel-out any "action" or, as Kelley puts it, his "human energies." I am not doing it justice, though, and I encourage the curious to check this book out!

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