Second Simplicity: The Inner Shape of Christianity

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Bruno Barnhart's new book uncovers the contours of a Christian wisdom and explores the ways that a Christian faith often bound by rule, structure, and order can open itself to the unitive vision at its root. This book proposes an opening of consciousness beyond thought, of theological vision beyond rational knowledge, and of Christianity beyond the perimeter of church. Bruno Barnhart invites us to move into a fuller experience of Christianity, an experience of wisdom that brings all created reality into unity ...
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Overview

Bruno Barnhart's new book uncovers the contours of a Christian wisdom and explores the ways that a Christian faith often bound by rule, structure, and order can open itself to the unitive vision at its root. This book proposes an opening of consciousness beyond thought, of theological vision beyond rational knowledge, and of Christianity beyond the perimeter of church. Bruno Barnhart invites us to move into a fuller experience of Christianity, an experience of wisdom that brings all created reality into unity with God. Therein lies the "second simplicity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809138326
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 1,003,720
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Silence 9
1 Apophatic Spirituality 12
2 Unitive Reality, Unitive Experience 16
3 The Maximum: Meaning of Meanings 19
4 The Perennial Philosophy 21
5 The Unitive Self 24
6 Monasticism 28
7 Baptism and Christian Spirituality 30
8 Unitive Reality in the New Testament 33
9 One: A Meditation 37
2 The Word 39
1 Duality: The Human Condition 44
2 The Word in the World 45
3 The Gospel of the Word Incarnate 47
4 Christian Wisdom 51
5 The First Wisdom: Its Container and Shadow 55
6 Institutional Christianity 61
7 The Christ-Quantum and the Dominance of the West 66
8 The West Today 71
9 The Critical Period: Shadow and Light 73
10 Progression in Christianity: Redshift 77
11 The Gospel of Matthew: Christianity as the New Torah 81
12 Two: A Meditation 82
3 The Music 87
1 Transition from Two to Three: The New Testament 91
2 Luke and Acts: The Divine Movement 94
3 The Third Age 98
4 Third Order Emergences Today 101
5 The Feminine: Human and Divine 106
6 Human Energy 114
7 Divinization and Creativity 115
8 New Creation as Continuing Event 118
9 The Fire of History 121
10 Music and Spirit 123
11 Poetry and Wisdom 131
12 Three: A Meditation 135
4 The Dance 141
1 The Missing Fourth 147
2 Return to the Ground 154
3 The Body of Christ 161
4 The Fullness: Mandala and Christ-Mystery 167
5 Contemporary Encounters at the Frontier of Four 174
6 Work 175
7 Mark's Gospel and the Cruciform Christ-Mystery 182
8 Eucharist and Omega 187
9 The Unity of Four: Sophia 198
10 Four: A Meditation 206
Epilogue 209
App. I From Old to New: Glossary of Terms 215
App. II Quaternity, Mandala 221
App. III The Christian Mandala and Its Variants 227
Notes 237
Bibliography 255
Abbreviations 267
Index of Authors 270
Index of Subjects 273
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