Fifth Dimension: An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm / Edition 2

Fifth Dimension: An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm / Edition 2

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by John Hick
     
 

Drawing on mystical and religious traditions ancient and modern, and spiritual thinkers as diverse as Julian of Norwich and Mahatma Gandhi, The Fifth Dimension is John Hick's eloquent argument for a more complete reality, in which a fifth, spiritual, dimension plays a central role. Updated in the light of recent global crises, including the war in Iraq and the 9/11… See more details below

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Drawing on mystical and religious traditions ancient and modern, and spiritual thinkers as diverse as Julian of Norwich and Mahatma Gandhi, The Fifth Dimension is John Hick's eloquent argument for a more complete reality, in which a fifth, spiritual, dimension plays a central role. Updated in the light of recent global crises, including the war in Iraq and the 9/11 attacks, this new edition also addresses a variety of timeless issues, including the validity of religious experience, and the science versus religion debate. Erudite, provocative and deeply moving, Hick's persuasive narrative will surely prompt all curious readers to re-examine their own spiritual horizons. Described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as 'one of the world's most distinguished philosophers of religion', John Hick has held professorial posts at Cornell University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Claremont Graduate University (California) and the University of Birmingham (England). He has delivered lectures across the world, and is currently a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. The author or editor of nearly thirty books, including the best-selling text Philosophy of Religion, his works have been translated into sixteen languages and his influence continues to shape the philosophical landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851683437
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the big picture1
Pt. IDrawing the picture
1Where we start today : the naturalistic assumption13
2Naturalism as bad news for the many19
3The big bang and the ambiguity of the universe25
4Windows on the transcendent31
5The key to understanding38
6Turning the critical realist key45
Pt. IIThe meaning of life
7The religious meaning of life53
8Cosmic optimism in the East61
9And in the West70
Pt. IIIThe gods and absolutes as manifestations of the real
10The real experienced as God83
11The real experienced as the absolute97
Pt. IVReligious experience and mysticism
12Altered states of consciousness105
13Religious experience116
14Visions - a case study of Julian of Norwich124
15Lady Julian's fruitful heresies135
16Unitive mysticism : literal unity142
17Unitive mysticism : metaphorical unity150
18The dark side161
19The criterion169
Pt. VThe saints come marching in
20One living saint is worth ten dead ones179
21Gandhi : a case study186
22The politics of truth197
23Gandhi's truth for us today205
24An activist and a contemplative211
Pt. VIThe present and time future
25What we don't need to know225
26Living within a true myth235
27Death and beyond247

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