Betrayal of Tradition: Essays on the Spiritual Crisis of Modernity


This collection of essays by eminent traditionalists and contemporary thinkers throws into sharp relief many of the urgent problems of today.

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This collection of essays by eminent traditionalists and contemporary thinkers throws into sharp relief many of the urgent problems of today.

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These 25 essays by writers who represent a range of spiritual thought focus on the role of traditional religion in correcting the loss of transcendence and meaning. When any major tradition is taken seriously, its timeless relevance provides both firm ground and clear direction in chaotic times. Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Native American perspectives on the subject are presented. Oldmeadow (La Trobe Univ. at Bendigo, Australia) collects the work of established figures like Dorothy Sayers and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy as well as that of more contemporary writers like Robert Aitken, Karen Armstrong, and the Crow Medicine Man Thomas Yellowtail. The book is divided into five sections: "Tradition and Modernity," "Perennial Truths and Modern Counterfeits," "The Social Order," "The Single Vision of Science," and "The Destruction of Traditional Cultures." The combination of ideas is inspiring and provides an invigorating perspective for examining current issues of modern social philosophy while remaining very readable. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, Lafayette, IN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941532556
  • Publisher: World Wisdom
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: The Library of Perennial Philosophy
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : signs of the times and the light of tradition
"No activity without truth" 3
A material civilization 15
Tradition and the individual 31
India and the modern world 45
Ancient beliefs or modern superstitions : the search for authenticity 55
Faith and modernity 73
The logic of mystery and the necessity of faith 89
"Fundamentalism" : a metaphysical perspective 101
Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy, and tradition 107
The bugbear of democracy, freedom, and equality 121
One for all, all for one : the individual and the community in traditional and modern contexts 151
Islamic cosmological concepts of femininity and the modern feminist movement 171
The desacralization of work 183
Why work? 217
Envisioning the future 229
"Progress" in retrospect 249
Spirituality and science - convergence or divergence? 275
The theory of evolution 287
Descartes' angel : reflections on the true art of thinking 301
Putting nature in her place 313
Never say die ... without a cause 323
Make your choice 333
The fate of Tibet 345
Towards a new dreaming 349
Epilogue 359
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