The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation

The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation

by Michael Grosso


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The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation by Michael Grosso

St. Joseph of Copertino began having mystical visions at the age of seven, but it was not until he began practicing his faith as a Franciscan priest that he realized the full potential of his mind’s power over his body—he was able to levitate. Throughout his priesthood St. Joseph became famous for frequent levitations that were observed on hundreds of occasions and by thousands of witnesses, including many skeptics. Michael Grosso delves into the biography of the saint to explore the many strange phenomena that surrounded his life and develops potential physical explanations for some of the most astounding manifestations of his religious ecstasy. Grosso draws upon contemporary explorations into cognition, the relationship between the human mind and body, and the scientifically recorded effects of meditation and other transcendent practices to reveal the implications of St. Joseph’s experiences and abilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442256729
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,088,211
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Grosso has taught humanities and philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, City University of New York, and New Jersey City University. He is affiliated with the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia, is on the Board of Directors of the American Philosophical Practitioner’s Association, and is a past editor of the journal for that association. His published books include The Final Choice: Playing the Survival Game (1985); Frontiers of the Soul: Exploring Psychic Evolution (1992), The Millennium Myth: Love and Death at the End of Time (1995), Soulmaking: Uncommon Paths to Self-Understanding (1997), and Experiencing the Next World Now (2004).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chronology xi

Introduction 1

Part I The Man and his Marvels 13

1 Life and Times 15

2 A New Force 37

3 The Case for Joseph's Levitations 69

4 A Complement of Talents 91

5 The Mystic 111

Part II Steps Toward Understanding 129

6 Reconnoitering Explanations 131

7 Joseph as Performance Artist 153

8 Speculations on the Physics of Levitation 171

Part III Concluding Reflections 189

9 The Parapsychology of Religion: A New Science of Spirit? 191

Appendix 219

References 223

Index 239

About the Author 251

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