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The Secular Gospel Of Sophia

Author : Daniel G. Helton
ISBN : 9781785351822
Genre : Fiction
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In the turbulent 4th Century, Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity as the faith of the Empire. The Secular Gospel of Sophia examines what was lost as a result. Sophia is an accidental traveller and keen observer on the road to Nicaea and of the creation of the Catholic Church. She becomes an unwilling symbol of Gnostic Christianity that the newly empowered Catholics are determined to destroy. Can she survive the zealous forces arrayed against her? Can she preserve the remnants of an endangered faith? Can she live a secular life amidst religious passions that are tearing the old world apart – and building a new one in its place? Daniel G. Helton’s first novel, took six years to research and write. Through a rich blend of important historical and realistic fictional characters, the book takes the reader through the last days of Gnostic Christianity, the formation of the Catholic Church under the influence of Roman Emperors, and the Christian assault on the Greco-Roman intellectual heritage.
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Isis Mary Sophia

Author : Rudolf Steiner
ISBN : 9780880109475
Genre : Education
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The Rebirth of the feminine surrounds us in many forms -- from the worldwide movement for women's rights to the resurgence of interest in the feminine spirituality of the Goddess and the Divine Mother. What is the spiritual meaning of this rebirth? What is the feminine divine? Who is she? She has had many names in many cultures: Ishtar in Babylon, Inanna in Sumeria, Athena, Hera, Demeter, and Persephone in Greece, Isis in Egypt, Durga, Kali, and Lakshmi in India. She is the Shekinah of the Kabbalists and the Sophia, or Divine Wisdom of the gnostics. For Rudolf Steiner, she is Anthroposophia, the Divine Wisdom who descended from the spiritual world and passed through humanity to become now the goal and archetype of human wisdom in the cosmos. This book contains most of Rudolf Steiner's statements on Sophia. We see him, as it were, "midwifing" the birth of the Sophia, the new Isis, divine feminine wisdom, in human hearts on earth. Each chapter explores the mystery of the different relationships of Sophia: Sophia and Isis, Sophia and the Holy Spirit, Sophia and Mary, the mother of Jesus (and Mary Magdalene), Sophia and the Gnostic Achamod, and Sophia and the New Isis. Above all, in a remarkable way, Steiner makes clear the relationship of Christ and Sophia: Isis-Sophia, Divine Wisdom, slain by Lucifer, Carried off on wings of world-wide forces into cosmic space, The Christ-Will working in us Will wrest Her from Lucifer And on vessels of spiritual knowledge Call Isis-Sophia, Divine wisdom, to new life in human souls.
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Author : Christopher Pramuk
ISBN : 0814657133
Genre : Religion
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While numerous studies have celebrated Thomas Merton's witness as an interfaith pioneer, poet, and peacemaker, there have been few systematic treatments of his Christology as such, and no sustained exploration to date of his relationship to the Russian Sophia" tradition. This book looks to Thomas Merton as a "classic" theologian of the Christian tradition from East to West, and offers an interpretation of his mature Christology, with special attention to his remarkable prose poem of 1962, Hagia Sophia. Bringing Merton's mystical-prophetic Vision fully into dialogue with contemporary Christology, Russian sophiology, and Zen, as well as figures such as John Henry Newman and Abraham Joshua Heschel, the author carefully but boldly builds the case that Sophia, the same theological eros that animated Merton's religious imagination in a period of tremendous fragmentation and violence, might infuse new vitality into our own. A study of uncommon depth and scope, inspired throughout by Merton's extraordinary catholicity. Christopher Pramuk, PhD, is assistant professor of theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of two books and numerous essays, and the recipient of the Catholic Theological Society of America's 2009 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award. "
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Hagia Sophia And The Byzantine Aesthetic Experience

Author : Nadine Schibille
ISBN : 9781317124153
Genre : Art
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Paramount in the shaping of early Byzantine identity was the construction of the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (532-537 CE). This book examines the edifice from the perspective of aesthetics to define the concept of beauty and the meaning of art in early Byzantium. Byzantine aesthetic thought is re-evaluated against late antique Neoplatonism and the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius that offer fundamental paradigms for the late antique attitude towards art and beauty. These metaphysical concepts of aesthetics are ultimately grounded in experiences of sensation and perception, and reflect the ways in which the world and reality were perceived and grasped, signifying the cultural identity of early Byzantium. There are different types of aesthetic data, those present in the aesthetic object and those found in aesthetic responses to the object. This study looks at the aesthetic data embodied in the sixth-century architectural structure and interior decoration of Hagia Sophia as well as in literary responses (ekphrasis) to the building. The purpose of the Byzantine ekphrasis was to convey by verbal means the same effects that the artefact itself would have caused. A literary analysis of these rhetorical descriptions recaptures the Byzantine perception and expectations, and at the same time reveals the cognitive processes triggered by the Great Church. The central aesthetic feature that emerges from sixth-century ekphraseis of Hagia Sophia is that of light. Light is described as the decisive element in the experience of the sacred space and light is simultaneously associated with the notion of wisdom. It is argued that the concepts of light and wisdom are interwoven programmatic elements that underlie the unique architecture and non-figurative decoration of Hagia Sophia. A similar concern for the phenomenon of light and its epistemological dimension is reflected in other contemporary monuments, testifying to the pervasiveness of these aesthetic values in early Byzantium.
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The Feminist Gospel

Author : Mary A. Kassian
ISBN : 0891076522
Genre : Social Science
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Can feminism be squared with the Bible? Mary Kassian meets this question head on as she offers a thorough inquiry into 20th century feminism. Her careful examination of feminist thought--both religious and secular--gives readers a solid basis for making up their own minds about feminism. "" A penetrating analysis of the impact of feminist ideology on the life of the churches. The author convincingly shows how this has resulted in a new 'gospel.'" --Donald G. Bloesch, Professor of Theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary "" Mary Kassian's thorough look into the development of feminist thought provides a valuable tool for today's Christian." --Beverly LaHaye, President, Concerned Women for America "" An important and original contribution to debates over feminist theology. I warmly recommend this book." --D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "" A well-researched, excellent resource for all seeking a better understanding of the history and philosophy of the feminist movement and how it affects and influences our thinking today." --Gigi Graham Tchividjian "" An incisive, sympathetic, and well-balanced treatment of one of the most important theological and sociological phenomena of our age." --Harold O. J. Brown, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "" Timely, fresh, succinct, and best of all, Biblical." --Anne Ortlund, author of the "Disciplines trilogy "" I wholeheartedly recommend Mary Kassian's book as the best contemporary critique of feminism in the church." --Wayne House, President,Evangelical Theological Society "" An intelligent, balanced effort to understand feminist philosophy and theology." --Larry Crabb, Jr., Director, Institute of Biblical Counseling
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An Ecological Feminist Reading Of The Gospel Of Luke

Author : Anne F. Elvey
ISBN : IND:30000103403840
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Central to the ecological feminist approach, is the notion of the material given developed in conversation with Gayatri Spivak's reading of the pregnant body as prepropriative, Jacques Derrida's reading of the gift and Jean Luc Marion's understanding of giveness. This use of postmodern discourse to inform an ecological feminist hermeneutics is an innovation in ecofeminist theology and biblical studies.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Gospel Of St John

Author : Rudolf Steiner
ISBN : UVA:X000594799
Genre : Religion
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The Essential Steiner

Author : Rudolf Steiner
ISBN : UCSC:32106016712207
Genre : Anthroposophy
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Here is a compact, accessible, illuminating introduction to the basic writings of the great modern spiritual teacher who has been an immense influence on contemporary education, literature, art, science, and philosophy. Robert McDermott offers selections from some sixty of Rudolf Steiner's life and work, from his childhood to his work as a scientist, philosopher, scholar, educator, artist, interpreter of culture, and occult seer.
Category: Anthroposophy