The Modern Christian Mystic: Finding the Unitive Presence of God

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In this new work, Albert LaChance presents a complete reframing of Christianity as an experiential rather than dogmatic approach to the presence of Christ. It emphasizes the idea of Christ as the source and sustainer of the cosmos, the Earth, the life community, and global culture. As such, it takes a “unitive” approach, with Christianity understood as being in mystical union with global culture, and with the ecological realities of the Earth. In the author’s view, Christianity thus joins hands with Buddhism, ...
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Overview

In this new work, Albert LaChance presents a complete reframing of Christianity as an experiential rather than dogmatic approach to the presence of Christ. It emphasizes the idea of Christ as the source and sustainer of the cosmos, the Earth, the life community, and global culture. As such, it takes a “unitive” approach, with Christianity understood as being in mystical union with global culture, and with the ecological realities of the Earth. In the author’s view, Christianity thus joins hands with Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism in a unitive oneness with all that is.

Consisting of twenty-eight short chapters, The Modern Christian Mystic focuses on the presence of God permeating and organizing the beginning of existence, in the form of consciousness giving birth to energy, and then the material reality of the universe. The author argues that just as St. Augustine introduced the “pagan” Plato to Christianity, and a millennium later St. Thomas Aquinas revitalized his faith with the “pagan” philosophy of Aristotle, so in the modern age the “non-theism” of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism holds the key to a revivified mystical practice. The Modern Christian Mystic posits a nurturing new world based on commonality rather than conflict in the world of spirit.

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"The Modern Christian Mystic: Finding the Unitive Presence of God" by Albert LaChance reframes Christianity as an eexperiential rather than dogmatic approach to Christ"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556436697
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert J. LaChance, Ph.D., LADC, CAS, has written and spoken widely on the subjects of psychology, addiction, spirituality, and ecology. Since 1990, he has run Greenspirit: The Center for Counseling and Consciousness, in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he has counseled individuals, families, and groups, and has consulted organizations regarding interpersonal dynamics. Prior to this, he spent five years working with Thomas Berry at his Riverdale Center for Religious Research. Dr. LaChance is an American Academy certified Addiction Specialist in the areas of sex addiction and chemical dependency. He is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and a licensed addiction counselor in the state of New Hampshire.

A knowledgeable and skilled instructor, Dr. LaChance speaks nationally for Cross Country University, and has taught world religions from the high school to the university level. He has been widely interviewed on television and radio and in newspapers and magazines. Dr. LaChance has contributed to several books and recently authored The Architecture of the Soul: A Unitive Model of the Human Person and Cultural Addiction: The Greenspirit Guide to Recovery, which includes a foreword by Thomas Berry.

Dr. LaChance holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and literature from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s in psychology and spirituality from Holy Names College, and a doctorate in integral psychology from Union University. He is married and lives with his wife in New Boston, NH. They have two grown daughters.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Carol Wallas LaChance     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
A Note to the Reader     xv
Introduction     xvii
From My Awful Place     xix
The Family     xix
The Unitive Vision     1
A Note on the Word Unitive     1
The Silence of God     3
Christ and the Trinity     5
The Cosmos: The Sacrament of God     11
The Earth: The Sacrament of the Cosmos     17
Life: The Sacrament of the Earth     21
Culture: The Sacrament of Life     27
Unitive Prayer     33
A Note on Unitive Prayer     33
The Magnificat     35
The Jungian Rosary     41
The Joyful Mysteries     42
The Sorrowful Mysteries     43
The Glorious Mysteries     45
The Lord's Prayer     47
The Creed     53
The Surrender Prayer and the Robing Prayer     61
The Unitive Rites     65
A Note on the Unitive Rites     65
The Rite of Annunciation     67
The Rite of Nativity     69
The Rite of Baptism     73
The Rite ofSelf-Surrender: Confirmation     77
The Rite of the Eucharist: Food     83
The Rite of Marriage: Sexual Love     87
The Rite of Anointing     95
The Rite of Confession: Crucifixion and Regeneration     99
The Rite of Death and Resurrection     103
Selected Essays on Unitive Spirituality and Separative Impediments     107
The Biocese versus the Diocese: A Unitive Approach to Ecclesial Structures     109
We Are All Jews: A Unitive View of Abrahamic Religions     113
Third-Millennium Prophecy: The Unitive Prophet     119
Ecochristology: A Unitive Christology     125
The Mystic in the Modern World: An Invitation to Mature Christianity     129
"You Hold This"     132
The fourth Voice: ChristLogos and the Voices of the Brain     139
The American Experience: The Unitive Experiment of God     143
The Politics of Decency     146
The Ten Fingers of Hell: Addiction, Recovery and Redemption     149
Samesex Unions and Abortion: Two Separative Issues and a Unitive Response     153
Samesex Unions     154
Abortion     160
Forgiving Christianity     167
Afterword: Christianity, Incarnation, and Yoga: Unifying Faith, Religion, and Practice   Rev. Sarah Robbins-Cole     175
About the Author     183
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