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The Great Re-imagining: Spirituality in an Age of Apocalypse

The Great Re-imagining: Spirituality in an Age of Apocalypse

by Theodore Richards


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“These are the end-times.” We hear this sentiment in one way or another from various sources, from the fundamentalist preacher to the scientist warning us of climate change. This is a time of economic uncertainty, political oppression and cultural unraveling. Apocalypse, in the ancient world and today, is the experience of disconnection, of unraveling. It is when old gods are dying and the old stories no longer have meaning. Drawing from sources ranging from the ancient apocalyptic traditions to contemporary science, The Great Re-Imagining explores the deep narratives that have brought us the brink of apocalypse and invites us to re-imagine our place in the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938846946
Publisher: Homebound Publications
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Theodore Richards is the director and founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project, a core faculty member of The Fox Institute, and the author of several books. He is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including two Independent Publisher Awards and the Nautilus Book Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters. www.theodorerichards.com

What People are Saying About This

author of Original Blessing Mathew Fox

“This book is a veritable tour de force offering a critical commentary on today's tumultuous cultural scene. Placing our times in the context of apocalypse or end times seems strikingly well timed given the current goings on in the dark Trump/Bannon political moment. While unveiling causes for our dilemmas and feelings of powerlessness, Richards also provides ways to revelation and empowerment and therefore to hope. He covers themes such as the end of capitalism, the farming revolution, the tech revolution, education at the edge of the world, religion, science and spirituality in 12 chapters that are critically thought out, succinctly written, convincingly argued, and bearing a visionary perspective that borders on the prophetic. This book provides a vision for twenty-first century activists that could match that offered by Herbert Marcuse to the 1960's generation calling as it does for a spiritual revolution that re-connects psyche and cosmos, cultural criticism and a preference for community over individualism.”

co-author The Coming Interspiritual Age Kurt Johnson PhD

“This engaging book examines Apocalypse as a rite of passage. After reading planetary ‘tea-leaves’ suggesting certain destruction, Richards joins those challenging us to imagine global rebirth. If spirituality is our existential capability for such a transition, Richards suggests that, yes, interfaith spirituality is inevitable to global cultural evolution but spirituality’s transformation will be far more radical than most suppose.”

Author of The Fugue Gint Aras

The Great Reimagining takes on our current apocalyptic moment, and dares us to imagine a new future, a new and universal cosmology, for which we have no obvious reference point, but which Richards provokes us to sense with wonder. This book is quite simply the manual for how to approach the apocalypse. Daring, visionary and blunt, it demands to be read.

author of Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Antiwar Bill Ayers

Where are we on the clock of the universe? Where do we come from, and where are we headed? The old order is crumbling all around us to be sure, and a new world is clearly in the making—it could be a world of endless war or nuclear annihilation, genocide, work camps, and new forms of slavery; it could be a world of more joy and more justice, of balance and peace, a world powered by compassion and love. It depends on so many things beyond us, and, yes, it depends on us as well. What is to be done? Infinity beckons.

With grace and intelligence grounded in a generous spirit, Theodore Richards plunges into the vortex and grapples with the fundamental questions that haunt us, that swirl around us in chaos and furor. What does it mean to be human at this precious but precarious moment? Let go. Dive in. Have your awakening in the uproar of the hurricane.

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