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God in All Worlds

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Spanning fifty years and representing traditions from Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism to Gaia worship and New Age beliefs, this bountiful anthology forms an inclusive map of the spiritual journey and its landmarks. Its twenty-two chapters describe prayer and meditation, the power of myth, the Mother goddess and the Cosmic Christ, the struggle with evil, the gifts of love and grace, and the awe-filled encounter with a divine Other that is intensely personal yet has the capacity to transform the world. God in ...
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Overview

Spanning fifty years and representing traditions from Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism to Gaia worship and New Age beliefs, this bountiful anthology forms an inclusive map of the spiritual journey and its landmarks. Its twenty-two chapters describe prayer and meditation, the power of myth, the Mother goddess and the Cosmic Christ, the struggle with evil, the gifts of love and grace, and the awe-filled encounter with a divine Other that is intensely personal yet has the capacity to transform the world. God in All Worlds includes the work of some of the great religious thinkers of our century--Krishnamurti, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa. But among its more than one-hundred contributors are also poets (Allen Ginsberg, Maya Angelou), novelists (Flannery O'Connor), activists (Mahatma Gandhi, Vaclav Havel), psychologists (Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow), feminists (Germaine Greer, Robin Morgan), naturalists (Barry Lopez), and physicists (Albert Einstein, Fritjof Capra). The result is a book of dazzling breadth and insight that will inspire, console, enlighten, and renew readers for years to come.

From Thomas Merton and Krishnamurti to Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa, this magnificent collection of spiritual writings features works designed to renew the soul and celebrate its journey toward the divine.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vardey (Belonging: A Book for the Questioning Catholic Today) has gathered a diverse and highly philosophical collection of modern (since 1945) writings representative of all spiritual traditions. Her goal is to ``contribute to the understanding of the revelation of the spirit in our time.'' More than 100 contributors, including Hans Kung, Thomas Merton, Aldous Huxley, J. Krishnamurti, Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, Martin Buber, Vaclav Havel and Mother Theresa, chart the spiritual journey of the soul. The editor provides very brief introductions to 21 chapters devoted to such subjects as the quest, revelation, trials, surrender, death and eternal life. This erudite anthology with its relevant material on mysticism, New Age consciousness, ecology, goddess worship and cosmological speculation is sure to become a treasured resource for both small-group and formal study. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Fashioned after a journey of the soul toward enlightenment, these readings provide guideposts along the path to spiritual awakening. A wide range of contributors-theologians Rosemary Radford Ruether and Martin Buber; poet/writers Erica Jong and Allen Ginsberg; and scientists Fritjof Capra and Stanislav Grof-representing a diversity of religious traditions-Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Wicca-examine the rich variety of the spiritual quest. The brief selections included, all taken from writings of the past 50 years, are gems of living religious experience whose facets sparkle with the light of spiritual illumination. Highly recommended.
Donna Seaman
Vardey has compiled a remarkably rich and diverse anthology of spiritual writings that will engage and inspire those interested in the state of their soul or, less personally, the evolution of spirituality over the past 50 years. Some of the more conspicuous changes in Western spiritual discourse and practice have been the tremendous influence of Eastern thought, the increased role of women, ecological concerns, and the connection between cosmology and the sacred. Vardey touches on all those perspectives in this passionately researched and creatively organized anthology that follows the path of a spiritual journey. Vardey's own cogent commentary and the eloquent excerpts she has chosen resonate together to make a sort of music of the soul. On one page spread, for example, Vardey quotes Thomas Merton, physicist Fritjof Capra, Alan Watts, and Martin Buber. She has included poems, brilliant letters from an imprisoned Vaclav Havel, and striking passages by C. G. Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aldous Huxley, J. Krishnamurti, Marion Woodman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mary A. Bateson, to name just a few of the more than 100 distinguished and inspired contributors. This major work is a genuine treasury of spiritual thought and expression.
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Spanning the last 50 years & representing a host of religious beliefs, from Christianity & Judaism to New Age & goddess worship, this book includes works by religious thinkers, novelists, activists, scientists, & others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765446077
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Publication date: 11/7/1995
  • Pages: 875

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I The Quest
1 The Fire Beyond the Tomb: Contemplating God, Faith, and Truth 5
2 Looking for Meaning and the Way 20
3 Finding the Soul and the Flowering of the Spirit 50
Pt. II Revelation
4 The Spiritual Experience 77
5 Strengthening the Self 134
6 Archetypes, Myth, and Ritual 197
7 Awakening the Great Mother 219
Pt. III Trials
8 The Struggle with Evil 297
9 The Hidden Face of God 333
10 Liberation 367
Pt. IV Surrender
11 The Way 387
12 Being for God 395
13 Doing for God 419
14 The Guides 435
15 The Gifts 471
Pt. V Death and the Eternal Life
16 Death 545
17 The Gate of Life 575
18 Rebirth 610
Pt. VI Awe
19 The Life Divine 623
20 The Spiritual Age 679
21 Emerging World 726
22 The Universal Force 796
Acknowledgements 857
About the Editor 859
Permissions Acknowledgements 861
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