Riding with the Lion: In Search of Mystical Christianity

Riding with the Lion: In Search of Mystical Christianity

by Kyriacos C. Markides
     
 

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In Riding with the Lion, Markides' Castaneda-like quest in pursuit of ancient mystical Christian traditions leads him to the monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece.

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In Riding with the Lion, Markides' Castaneda-like quest in pursuit of ancient mystical Christian traditions leads him to the monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece.

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Library Journal
Despite his promising subtitle, Markides (sociology, Univ. of Maine) will disappoint readers interested in classical Christian mysticism. Anecdotal evidence for paranormal phenomena such as teleportation, clairvoyance, levitation, dematerialization, and channeling, along with a disorganized collage of references to Marx, Nietzsche, Plato, Huston Smith, P.D. Ouspensky, etc., are presented in the first part of the book. Markides does not succeed in his attempt to place New Age religion and paranormal psychology within the context of classical mysticism. Where he does succeed is in the account of his visit to the monasteries of Mount Athos on the coast of Greece and his encounter there with monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Libraries with collections in New Age materials and parapsychology will want to consider this book, but collections in Christian mysticism would be better served by such recent publications as Evelyn Underhill's classic Mysticism (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1993. reprint).-Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville
Steve Schroeder
This is a difficult book to categorize. On one level, it is simply another addition to the mountain of New Age literature. On another level, it is an entertaining collection of stories from a gifted storyteller. On a third level, it is a corrective to the tendency of New Age literature to uncritically appropriate non-Western spiritual traditions, often without appropriate attribution or sensitivity to context. Markides speaks with an identifiably New Age voice, and he shares the New Age fascination with non-Western traditions and paranormal phenomenon. But he also searches for a spirituality that includes space for the paranormal within his own tradition and that seeks some guidelines for spiritual discernment. The book's autobiographical tone gives it spiritual authenticity as a report of Markides' experience. Encounter with the living mystical tradition of Mount Athos, rooted in ancient Christianity, commends it to a broader audience--as both entertainment and information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670857807
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 6.05(h) x 1.22(d)

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