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Seeing The Invisible

Author : A. B. Simpson
ISBN : 9781600669491
Genre : Religion
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Originally published under the title In the School of Faith, Seeing the Invisible is without a doubt one of A.B. Simpson's greatest works. A man who himself saw the invisible, Simpson will inspire you to a bold new life of faith.

The Art Of Spiritual Living

Author : Joel S. Goldsmith
ISBN : 9781939542366
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Joel Goldsmith has written many books about the principles that constitute the message of the Infinite Way. In The Art of Spiritual Living, he focuses on how we can bring those principles into every phase of life – health, supply, business, home, relationships – and experience their transforming influence. “Being able to live the spiritual life,” he says, is dependent upon your knowing, first of all, that God is your selfhood and the selfhood of everyone you meet, and then knowing that the Father within you knows your need. You must know that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom, and you can rest and relax in that assurance. When you have that assurance, you are really living the spiritual life.” With each lesson in spiritual living, Goldsmith drills down into the deeper meaning, as when he says, “The basis of all spiritual living is that I and the Father are one. But if we leave out any individual anywhere, we are losing our demonstration. We cannot say, ‘I and my Father are one,’ and then omit anyone else. It may be difficult at first to look around the world and as we recall a few names and faces, say with disbelief, ‘What? You, too, are one with God?’ No, judging by appearances; but in truth I and the Father are one is a universal truth.” The Art of Spiritual Living lays out a clear choice between living humanly and living spiritually. Goldsmith gives the reader extensive instruction on how to live spiritually, from rising in the morning to retiring at night by anchoring oneself in the spiritual principles and practices of the Infinite Way message. Using interesting and sometimes amusing stories from his own experience, he illustrates the practicality of spiritual living and shows how it can shape every aspect of life and bring peace, harmony, and freedom. “All scripture is agreed that you must abide in Me and let Me abide in you. You must live, and move, and have your being in God, and you must let God abide in you.” This is the art of spiritual living.

Refiguring The Spiritual

Author : Mark C. Taylor
ISBN : 9780231527774
Genre : Religion
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Mark C. Taylor provocatively claims that contemporary art has lost its way. With the art market now mirroring the art of finance, many artists create works solely for the purpose of luring investors and inspiring trade among hedge funds and private equity firms. When art becomes a financial instrument, grounded in nothing but itself, it loses its critical edge. Its commoditization, corporatization, and financialization rob us of necessary perspective. Joseph Beuys, Matthew Barney, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy are artists who differ in style, yet they all defy the trends that have diminished art's potential in recent decades. They understand that art is a transformative practice drawing inspiration directly and indirectly from ancient and modern, eastern and western forms of spirituality. For Beuys, anthroposophy, alchemy, and shamanism drive his multimedia presentations; for Barney and Goldsworthy, Celtic mythology informs their art; and for Turrell, Quakerism and Hopi myths and rituals power his vision. Eluding traditional genres and classifications, their work combines spiritually inspired styles and techniques with material reality, creating works that resist merging space into cyberspace in ways that overwhelm local contexts with global landscapes. These artists remind us of life's irreducible materiality and humanity's inescapability of place. For them, art is more than just an object or process. It is a vehicle transforming human awareness through actions echoing religious ritual. By lingering over the extraordinary work of Beuys, Barney, Turrell, and Goldsworthy, Taylor creates a novel and personal encounter with their art and opens a new understanding of overlooked spiritual dimensions in our era.

The Community Of The Beautiful

Author : Alex García-Rivera
ISBN : 0814659233
Genre : Religion
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The claim has been made that we are gripped today in an "aesthetic crisis" with considerable theological ramifications. Aesthetics, which has existed since the first human heart was moved by the influence of the beautiful, has played a major role, both implicit and explicit, in theological reflection. In The Community of the Beautiful Alejandro Garca-Rivera draws from the North American philosophical tradition and Hispanic theological thought to propose a new aesthetic principle: a redemptive building of the community of the beautiful. The Community of the Beautiful focuses on the premise that religion and beauty go together. Yet today hundreds of theological treatises continue to speak solely of the ?truth? of their claims. The Community of the Beautiful addresses this silence with a proposal about the relationship between God and the beautiful. It asks the question: How can the finite human creature name the nameless, perceive the imperceptible, make visible the invisible? The answer is what Hans Urs von Balthasar called a theological aesthetics. The Community of the Beautiful is not simply an analysis of Balthasar?s theology; there exists a more personal and concrete reason for a reconsideration of the connection between God and the beautiful. The experience of a particular living ecclesial tradition, the Latin Church of the Americas, may be a guide to a world that lost its confidence in the religious dimensions of the beautiful. Garca-Rivera recasts the question of theological aesthetics posed above in light of the religious experience of the Latin Church of the Americas so that the question becomes: What moves the human heart? To answer that question, Garca-Rivera draws on a long-ignored philosophical tradition. The philosophical semiotics of Charles Peirce and Josiah Royce enter into dialogue with the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar to describe the traditional transcendentals, the True and the Good, as communities. The final transcendental, the beautiful, enters into conversation with the semiotic aesthetics of Jan Mukarovsky and the religious experience of the Latin American Church to become the dazzling vision of the community of the beautiful, God?s community. Chapters are "Pied Beauty," "A Different Beauty," "Seeing the Form," "The Community of the True," "The Community of the Good," "The Community of the Beautiful," and "Lifting up the Lowly."?. . . a masterful interpretation of U.S. Hispanic popular Catholicism as an expression of a theological aesthetics. . .? Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology?The Community of the Beautiful is itself an imaginative tour de force, deserving a wide readership.? William R. O?Neill, S.J. Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union ?This work fulfills the considerable promise theology from a Hispanic perspective holds for all the Church. No one interested in the renewal of Christian thought should fail to read this important book.? Don. H. Compier Church Divinity School of the Pacific/Graduate Theological Union?A long overdue breakthrough in theology?a beautiful contribution toward a truly Pan-American theology of the next millenium . . . definitely one of the greatest intellectual-artistic masterpieces. . . . ? Rev. Virgilio Elizondo Mexican American Cultural Center?This book is a major achievement. It brings together streams of thought usually not considered compatible with one another to create a stunning conversation about theological aesthetics. Written in a clear and accessible prose, it deserves to be read by a wide audience of people interested in aesthetics, American pragmatism, the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Hispanic/Latino theology. Garca-Rivera has advanced the discussion on all these fronts.? Robert J. Schreiter Catholic Theological Union?With the publication of The Community of the Beautiful, professor Garca-Rivera joins the ranks of major theologians in the United States; and in the true spirit of mestizaje, his work not only endows Hispanic-American theology with new depth of insight, but it also enriches theologically the entire Church. It simultaneously advances both Hispanic American and Euro-American theology by setting those two cultural and theological traditions into a remarkably creative and speculative dialogue.? Donald L. Gelpi, S.J. The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

Spirit And Art

Author : Van James
ISBN : 9781621510895
Genre : ART
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Charles Johnson S Spiritual Imagination

Author : Jonathan Little
ISBN : 082621147X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this first book-length study of Charles Johnson's work, Jonathan Little offers an engaging account of the artistic growth of one of the most important contemporary African American writers. From his beginnings as a political cartoonist through his receipt of the National Book Award for Middle Passage, Johnson's imagination has become increasingly spiritual. Little draws upon a wide array of sources, including short stories, interviews, reviews, articles, and cartoons, as he traces the brilliant achievement of this provocative artist who is very much at the height of his career. Charles Johnson's Spiritual Imagination begins with an analysis of Johnson's political cartoons from the late sixties and early seventies, when he was immersed in the Black Power Movement. Little shows that in these early cartoons one can already see Johnson's comic genius and his quest for unconstrained artistic freedom even when dealing with the highly charged issues of racial politics. By examining how Johnson incorporates the influences of phenomenology, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Romanticism into a strikingly original perspective on individual and social identity, Little chronicles Johnson's development. The book illuminates the progression of Johnson's aesthetics as he deals with the at times disturbing contrast between the hope offered by art and spirituality and the harsh realities of African American existence. As he situates Johnson within the tradition of African American literature, Little pairs each of his novels with a major precursor, including novels by Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, and such far-ranging sources as Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and the Ten Oxherding Pictures. These comparisons help to show Johnson's innovations within the African American literary tradition and include discussions of naturalism, realism, and modernism. This book will appeal to anyone interested in African American literature, spirituality, aesthetics, and the culture wars.

Art As Spiritual Perception

Author : James Romaine
ISBN : 1433531798
Genre : Art
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A reader covering everything from sixth-century icons to contemporary art, this compilation offers a critical investigation of art history from a Christian perspective.

Invisible Supply

Author : Joel S. Goldsmith
ISBN : NWU:35556020103628
Genre : Gifts, Spiritual
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A pioneer in the principles of spiritual development called the Infinite Way, Joel Goldsmith outlines ten principles of the Infinite Way that will not only bring about spiritual growth and inner peace but will provide for our material needs at the same time.

Seeing The Invisible In Late Antiquity And The Early Middle Ages

Author : Giselle de Nie
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114760890
Genre : Art
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Limiting itself to the vital centuries when the late Roman West reshaped itself into a first "Europe," the conference explored the dominant conception of human nature in that era: that human existence was both body (in the visible world of material things) and soul (in the invisible world of spirit). This was a legacy of pre-Christian elements handed down from Greek philosophy and Hebrew Scriptures. Assimilating it to indigenous cultures in the Roman West, many alien to the ancient Mediterranean world, precipitated sea-changes in the understanding of human psychology. Ensuing frictions sparked extraordinary expressions of creativity in words and visual images. It also created dangerously subversive disequilibriums in the collective mentality within elites and between them and majority cultures. The papers in this volume investigate numerous configurations of a new culture taking shape in that volatile environment. They contribute to continuing debates about the cognitive co-ordination of words and pictorial images, and to cross-disciplinary dialogues in such disparate fields as art history, religious literature, mysticism, and cultural anthropology.

Drawing

Author : Patricia Cain
ISBN : 9781841503257
Genre : Art
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In an era which has seen many forms of artistic creation becoming digitized, the practice of drawing, in the traditional sense, has remained constant. However, many publications about the relationship between drawing and thinking rely on discipline-dependent distinctions to discuss the activity's function. Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner redefines drawing more holistically as an enactive phenomenon, and makes connections between a variety of disciplines in order to find out how drawing helps us understand the world. Instead of the finite event of producing an artifact, drawi.

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