Inner Journey: Views from the Christian Tradition (Parabola Anthology Series)

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For over three decades, those for whom religion is a path of discovery and questioning have found insight in the pages of Parabola. This thoughtful anthology collects the magazine’s best writings on Christianity, featuring articles from Thomas Merton, Elaine Pagels, Philip Zaleski, Thomas Keating, and 20 other authors who vividly explore what it means to be a Christian. The collection combines poetry and folklore with incisive interviews and cogent essays on topics such as the search for self, attention and remembrance, transformational knowledge, and worldly and divine works. A lavish, full-color, 16-page set of plates brilliantly conveys the rich variety within the tradition. From full works of great intricacy to passages of pure insight, The Inner Journey: Views from the Christian Tradition spans the tradition’s greatest trends. For readers looking for an introduction to Christianity or those seeking to expand their knowledge of it, the journey in this book inspires and enlightens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596750081
  • Publisher: Morning Light Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: PARABOLA Anthology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Turning home 1
The gift of the call 2
The return 12
Winding the golden string 14
To whom much was forgiven 20
The night journey of Nicodemus 28
Ch. 2 The search for the self 39
Am I the innkeeper? 40
Awakening to the present : interview with father Thomas Keating 46
Consumed by either fire or fire 54
Ch. 3 Unseen warfare 65
Become what you are : interview with brother David Steindl-Rast 66
Fire proveth iron 80
Silence of the heart 88
The battle for person in the heart 101
Ch. 4 Attention and remembrance 113
Den of thieves 114
The gift of life 119
Ear of the heart 130
Going out of oneself 134
On not speaking 137
Ch. 5 A body of beauty and love 141
The energy of life 142
Image and likeness : interview with Bishop Kallistos Ware 148
The door to joy 162
Washing the feet 169
Living in communion : interview with Father Thomas Hopko 179
The call of service 193
Ch. 6 "Worldly and divine work" 199
First things 200
Between work and prayer, prayer and work 203
The life of spiritual combat : interview with Abbot Hugh Gilbert, O.S.B. 207
Our lady's tumbler 216
Singer, text, and song 219
Zeal in detachment 227
Transformative suffering 232
Learning to die 236
Ch. 7 Transformational knowledge 251
The gnostic vision 252
The hidden union 260
To the universe belongs the dancer 267
Ch. 8 Fullness of being 273
Divine energy 274
The threshold of the mountain in Dante's divine comedy 280
The garment 290
The yoga of Hesychasm 295
Epilogue : witnessing the great life 304
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