Summary Book Review The Wakeful World by Emma Restall Orr:
Download or read book The Wakeful World written by Emma Restall Orr and published by John Hunt Publishing. This book was released on 2012 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Over the past few hundred years, animism has been dismissed as a primitive, naive and irrational perspective, relevant perhaps amongst tribal peoples but not within the intellectual arenas of the civilized West. In this book, the author argues that this is based on the misrepresentation that each tree and stone has its own immortal soul.
Summary Book Review The Wakeful World by Emma Restall Orr:
Download or read book The Wakeful World written by Emma Restall Orr and published by John Hunt Publishing. This book was released on 2012-10-26 with total page 313 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Over the past few hundred years, animism has been dismissed as a primitive, naïve and irrational perspective, irrelevant within the civilised West. In The Wakeful World, Emma Restall Orr argues that this is based on the misrepresentation, drawn in crayon, that each tree and stone has its own Christian-like immortal soul. Taking the reader on a philosophical adventure, Restall Orr explores the heritage of Western thought with precision, enthusiasm and sensitivity, considering how soul, spirit, mind and consciousness have been understood through millennia. Challenging the prevailing worldviews of materialism and dualism, she presents animism as a radically different, yet mature and coherent philosophy. Providing deep green ethics with a wholly rational metaphysical foundation, The Wakeful World is a compelling view of the nature of existence and the experience of reality, giving solid ground for the now necessary journey to a sustainable world. This original and lively book brings back animism - a most useful range of ideas which reductivists have somewhat wildly abandoned during the last century - into focus once more just when it is badly needed to cure current confusions about mind and body - Dr Mary Midgley, Moral Philosopher
Summary Book Review Where Airy Voices Lead by Piotr Bienkowski:
Download or read book Where Airy Voices Lead written by Piotr Bienkowski and published by John Hunt Publishing. This book was released on 2020-05-29 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many have pursued, and continue to pursue, real immortality by seeking to prolong their lives on this earth. Others pursue symbolic or proxy immortality, through children, fame or being part of something long-lasting. One can imagine these different forms of immortality as a menu of options of how to live forever: you click the one that appeals to you most and best fits your beliefs, hopes, values and worldview.
Summary Book Review Another Kind of Normal by Graham Ward:
Download or read book Another Kind of Normal written by Graham Ward and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2022-01-27 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How the Light Gets In: Ethical Life I presents a systematic account of the teachings of the Christian faith to offer a vision, from a human, created, and limited perspective, of the ways all things might be understood from the divine perspective. It explores how Christian doctrine is lived, and the way in which beliefs are not simply cognitive sets of ideas but embodied cultural practices. Christians learn how to understand the contents of their faith, learn the language of the faith, through engagements that are simultaneously somatic, affective, imaginative, and intellectual.
Summary Book Review Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism by Kathryn Rountree:
Download or read book Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism written by Kathryn Rountree and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-12-10 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume explores how Pagans negotiate local and global tensions as they craft their identities, both as members of local communities and as cosmopolitan “citizens of the world.” Based on cutting edge international case studies from Pagan communities in the United States, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Malta, it considers how modern Pagans negotiate tensions between the particular and universal, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, ethnicity, and world citizenship. The burgeoning of modern Paganisms in recent decades has proceeded alongside growing globalization and human mobility, ubiquitous Internet use, a mounting environmental crisis, the re-valuing of indigenous religions, and new political configurations. Cosmopolitanism and nationalism have both influenced the weaving of unique local Paganisms in diverse contexts. Pagans articulate a strong attachment to local or indigenous traditions and landscapes, constructing paths that reflect local socio-cultural, political, and historical realities. However, they draw on the Internet and the global circulation of people and universal ideas. This collection considers how they confound these binaries in fascinating, complex ways as members of local communities and global networks.
Summary Book Review Material Spirituality in Modernist Women’s Writing by Elizabeth Anderson:
Download or read book Material Spirituality in Modernist Women’s Writing written by Elizabeth Anderson and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2020-03-19 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For Virginia Woolf, H.D., Mary Butts and Gwendolyn Brooks, things mobilise creativity, traverse domestic, public and rural spaces and stage the interaction between the sublime and the mundane. Ordinary things are rendered extraordinary by their spiritual or emotional significance, and yet their very ordinariness remains part of their value. This book addresses the intersection of spirituality, things and places – both natural and built environments – in the work of these four women modernists. From the living pebbles in Mary Butts's memoir to the pencil sought in Woolf's urban pilgrimage in 'Street Haunting', the Christmas decorations crafted by children in H.D.'s autobiographical novel The Gift and Maud Martha's love of dandelions in Brooks's only novel, things indicate spiritual concerns in these writers' work. Elizabeth Anderson contributes to current debates around materiality, vitalism and post-secularism, attending to both mainstream and heterodox spiritual expressions and connections between the two in modernism. How we value our spaces and our world being one of the most pressing contemporary ethical and ecological concerns, this volume contributes to the debate by arguing that a change in our attitude towards the environment will not come from a theory of renunciation but through attachment to and regard for material things.
Summary Book Review Mind is the Ride by Jet McDonald:
Download or read book Mind is the Ride written by Jet McDonald and published by Unbound Publishing. This book was released on 2019-05-16 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When Jet McDonald cycled four thousand miles to India and back, he didn’t want to write a straightforward travel book. He wanted to go on an imaginative journey. Mind is the Ride takes the reader on a physical and intellectual adventure from West to East using the components of a bike as a metaphor for philosophy, which is woven into the cyclist's experience. Each chapter is based around a single component, and as Jet travels he adds new parts and new philosophies until the bike is ‘built’; the ride to India is completed; and the relationship between mind, body and bicycle made apparent. The age of the travelogue is over: today we need to travel inwardly to see the world with fresh eyes. Mind is the Ride is that journey, a pedal-powered antidote to the petrol-driven philosophies of the past.
Summary Book Review And God Created Wholeness by Edwin E. Olson:
Download or read book And God Created Wholeness written by Edwin E. Olson and published by Orbis Books. This book was released on 2018 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky by Diotima Mantineia:
Download or read book Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky written by Diotima Mantineia and published by Llewellyn Worldwide. This book was released on 2020-03-08 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Discover a Powerful Integration of Science, Spirit & Magic Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky is a fascinating blend of spiritual practice and cutting-edge science. Follow the eight Stations of the Sun through an astronomical year with "Touch the Earth" exercises designed to help ground your experience in nature as well as "Kiss the Sky" exercises that will help you get in contact with the Divine and your own inner sense of the sacred. Within these pages, you will explore a scientific account of consciousness and its relationship to magical practice, spiritual energy, and the subtle realms. Profound meditations and exercises lead you to a deeper sense of personal meaning and show you how to make magical changes in your life and the larger reality around you.
Summary Book Review Environmental Humanities by Serpil Oppermann:
Download or read book Environmental Humanities written by Serpil Oppermann and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2016-11-30 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An international and interdisciplinary team of scholars offer innovative models of thinking about environmentality in the humanities and in Anthropocene discourse in the environmental sciences.
Summary Book Review The Wake of Crows by Thom van Dooren:
Download or read book The Wake of Crows written by Thom van Dooren and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2019-10-01 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Crows can be found almost everywhere that people are, from tropical islands to deserts and arctic forests, from densely populated cities to suburbs and farms. Across these diverse landscapes, many species of crow are doing well: their intelligent and adaptive ways of life have allowed them to thrive amid human-driven transformations. Indeed, crows are frequently disliked for their success, seen as pests, threats, and scavengers on the detritus of human life. But among the vast variety of crows, there are also critically endangered species that are barely hanging on to existence, some of them the subjects of passionate conservation efforts. The Wake of Crows is an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows. Focusing on five key sites, Thom van Dooren asks how we might live well with crows in a changing world. He explores contemporary possibilities for shared life emerging in the context of ongoing processes of globalization, colonization, urbanization, and climate change. Moving among these diverse contexts, this book tells stories of extermination and extinction alongside fragile efforts to better understand and make room for other species. Grounded in the careful work of paying attention to particular crows and their people, The Wake of Crows is an effort to imagine and put into practice a multispecies ethics. In so doing, van Dooren explores some of the possibilities that still exist for living and dying well on this damaged planet.
Summary Book Review This Ancient Heart by Paul Davies:
Download or read book This Ancient Heart written by Paul Davies and published by John Hunt Publishing. This book was released on 2015-10-30 with total page 207 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 13 authors explore the threefold relationship between the landscape, the ancestors and ourselves. By focussing upon the essentials that shape Pagan and Heathen identity, this book reveals the connective pathways where beliefs, actions and metaphors lead to dynamic, practical and spiritual lives. Contributors: Penny Billington (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids); Dr. Jenny Blain (Former Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Sheffield Hallam); Paul Davies (Quaker, Independent Druid) Introduction and Editor; Prof. Camelia Elias. (Roskilde University); Prof. Graham Harvey (Reader in Religious Studies OU) Foreword; Sarah Hollingham MSc res. (Geographer, Quaker & Mother); Prof. Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol) Afterword; David Loxley (Chief of Ancient Druid Order); Caitlin Matthews (Teacher and author) Joint Editor; Emma Restall Orr (Author); Philip Shallcrass (Chief of British Druid Order); Prof. Robert Wallis (University of Richmond, London); Dr. Luzie U. Wingen (Quantitative Geneticist at the John Innes Centre). This Ancient Heart is essential reading for people with an interest in earth spirituality, our shared ancestors, sacred landscapes, shamanism, anthropology, archaeology, religion and heritage studies.
Summary Book Review Panpsychism in the West, revised edition by David Skrbina:
Download or read book Panpsychism in the West, revised edition written by David Skrbina and published by MIT Press. This book was released on 2017-09-22 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An updated edition of a comprehensive study of the theory that mind exists, in some form, in all living and nonliving things. In Panpsychism in the West, the first comprehensive study of the subject, David Skrbina argues for the importance of panpsychism—the theory that mind exists, in some form, in all living and nonliving things—in consideration of the nature of consciousness and mind. Panpsychism, with its conception of mind as a general phenomenon of nature, uniquely links being and mind. More than a theory of mind, it is a meta-theory—a statement about theories of mind rather than a theory in itself. Panpsychism can parallel almost every current theory of mind; it simply holds that, no matter how one conceives of mind, such mind applies to all things. After a brief discussion of general issues surrounding philosophy of mind, Skrbina examines the panpsychist views of philosophers from the pre-Socratics to the post-structuralists. The original edition of Panpsychism in the West helped to reinvigorate a neglected and important aspect of philosophic thinking. This revised edition offers expanded and updated material that reflects the growth of panpsychism as a subdiscipline. It covers the problem of emergence of mind from a non-mental reality and the combination problem in greater detail. It offers expanded coverage of the pre-Socratics and Plato; a new section on Augustine; expanded discussions of Continental panpsychism, scientific arguments, Nietzsche, and Whitehead; and a new section on Russellian monism. With this edition, Panpsychism in the West will be continue to be the standard work on the topic.
Summary Book Review Zen for Druids by Joanna van der Hoeven:
Download or read book Zen for Druids written by Joanna van der Hoeven and published by John Hunt Publishing. This book was released on 2016-10-28 with total page 144 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The teachings of Zen Buddhism combined with the earth-based tradition of Druidry can create a holistic way of life that is deeply integrated with the seasons, the environment and the present moment. In soul-deep relationship we can use the techniques and wisdom from both traditions to find balance and harmony within our own lives. In this text we explore the concepts of the Dharma (the Buddha's teachings) and how they relate to the wisdom of the Druid tradition. We also look at the Wheel of the Year in modern Druidry with regards to the Dharma, incorporating the teachings into every seasonal festival in an all-encompassing celebration of nature. We explore meditation, mindfulness, animism and integration with nature, learning how to find sustainable relationship in the work that we do, opening our souls to the here and now and seeing the beauty and wonder that enchants our lives in every waking moment. Step into a new life, fully awake and aware to the beauty of the natural world.
Summary Book Review Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans by John Halstead:
Download or read book Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans written by John Halstead and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2016-03-18 with total page 422 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Even in pagan antiquity, there were those who, while participating in the community's religious life, did not believe in literal gods. In the centuries that followed the Christian domination of the West, the epithet "godless pagan" was leveled at a wide variety of people. In the 1960s, there emerged a community of people who sought to reclaim the name "pagan" from its history of opprobrium. These Neo-Pagans were interested in nature spirituality and polytheism, and identified with the misunderstood and persecuted pagans of antiquity. While many Pagans today believe in literal gods, there are a growing number of Pagans who are "godless." Today, the diverse assemblage of spiritual paths known as Paganism includes atheist Pagans or Atheopagans, Humanistic and Naturalistic Pagans, Buddho-Pagans, animists, pantheists, Gaians, and other non-theistic Pagans. Here, their voices are gathered together to share what it means to be Pagan and godless.
Summary Book Review The Shaman Within by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free:
Download or read book The Shaman Within written by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free and published by John Hunt Publishing. This book was released on 2013-10-25 with total page 275 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Shaman Within explains how our ancient wisdoms can now be employed to tackle the big issues that trouble our minds, ravage our bodies and quash our spirits. Through a very personal journey; the travels, experiences, rituals, highs and lows of the protagonist, an amazing tapestry of insights and answers is woven before our very eyes. And the threads of this tapestry consist of the incredible healing and empowerment that our long-forgotten ‘rites of passage’ afford us. The lessons within enable us to feel more complete, at one with ourselves, our environment and the universe that created us. This book speaks to all who seek true fulfilment and imparts the tools to achieve it.
Summary Book Review Paganism In Depth by John Beckett:
Download or read book Paganism In Depth written by John Beckett and published by Llewellyn Worldwide. This book was released on 2019-06-08 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Deepen Your Connection to the Gods, Your Ancestors & the World Around You There are many rewards in taking your spiritual practice deeper, but there are also new challenges to confront along the way. Paganism In Depth is a next level book to help you ascend to the next steps in your practice and to be prepared for what you might encounter there. Author John Beckett shares practical ideas for connecting to the spirit realm, forming sustainable communities, and taking on a leadership role as a medium for the divine. You will also discover experiential details of sustaining relationships with spiritual entities and what to do when a deity makes demands of you. Additionally, this book shares several keys to help you find your way forward when you feel you've gone as far as you can, including: daily spiritual practice • ancestor veneration • perceiving the otherworld • spiritual ecstasy • direct experience of the gods • offerings • divination • magical practice • devotional practice Your relationships with your community and with the gods and spirits are of the utmost importance. John Beckett helps you navigate those relationships so you can give and receive the energy you need on your unique spiritual journey.