What passes through the mind and emotions is sacred and must somehow be preserved. A thought not embodied in word is lost to time. We become what we express through our words; our words bear the mark of our being. Authentic writing is profoundly autobiographical.
Eugene Clemens, Professor of Religious Studies (1965-2000) at Elizabethtown College, describes himself as an eternal metaphor, sharing with several generations of students the mind’s inquisitiveness. He notes that he is sustained by music, beauty, and a sense of the mystical, and these gifts became the basis for forty booklets of reflections which provide the core for this anthology.
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Table of ContentsPrologue: Pro-Word - The Genesis of an Anthology; A Day Late in Autumn--A Lifetime; Intimations, Visitations, Glimmers and Glints: The Mystic Passageway; A Heretic's Loving Thoughts After God: Contemplation Unceasing; Across the Earth, Through the Seasons, To a Fuller Self; The Making of a Social Ethic; To Be a Self¬-To Become the World: Writing an Ethic from Inside Out; A Lifetime of Learning: A Hoosier Schoolboy Unmastered; Cultivating the Spiritual Eye; A Handbook for an Errant Writer; Addresses on Religion: Not to Its Uncultured Demisers; Aphorisms, Pithy Regards, and Other Snapshots of Life; A Primer for Peace: Of Personality and Perspective, Personal and Political; A Guidebook to Retirement: Landscapes Unforseen, Changes Not Planned; In Tribute to True Romanticism; Life as Reverie: A Trilogy; In the Embrace of Nature: A Natural Love Affair; Meeting Death in Every Vein, at Every Turn ; The Impossibilities of Relationship: Love with Its Opposite; A Provisional Philosophy of Knowing and Being; Myth: To the Fountain of Religious Experience; Scraps, Snatches, and Tidbits; From Eulogy to Elegy: A Loving Song of Life; Sometime Thoughts on Religion; A Knapsack of Moral Reflections; A Tale of Paradigm: Out of Mind and into Sight; Luminous Moments: An Autobiography; Worship: At Last and Forever More; Living My Conscience: A Political Testament; Shafts of Light Toward the End of the Spirit's Journey: Revelations of Religion's Redemption; By Metaphor Saved, By Mysticism Made One; The End: Late Edition; Ruminations: Pointed and Far Flung; The Great Divide: Ideology Versus Free Thought; To Hell with the Devil: An Expurgation and a Confession; Late Writings on Religion; In Memoriam to Life: Lasting Thoughts and Final Words; To Seal An Anthology