Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America

This work does not simply demonstrate the influence of Gurdjieff and his ideas, but approaches the specific discourse on and about Gurdjieff and Sufism in the context of contemporary religious and spiritual teachings, particularly in the ...

Author: Michael S. Pittman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441131133

Category: Religion

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G.I. Gurdjieff (d. 1949) remains an important, if controversial, figure in early 20th-century Western Esoteric thought. Born in the culturally diverse region of the Caucasus, Gurdjieff traveled in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in search of practical spiritual knowledge. Though oftentimes allusive, references to Sufi teachings and characters take a prominent position in Gurdjieff's work and writings. Since his death, a discourse on Gurdjieff and Sufism has developed through the contributions as well as critiques of his students and interlocutors. J.G. Bennett began an experimental 'Fourth Way' school in England in the 1970s which included the introduction of Sufi practices and teachings. In America this discourse has further expanded through the collaboration and engagement of contemporary Sufi teachers. This work does not simply demonstrate the influence of Gurdjieff and his ideas, but approaches the specific discourse on and about Gurdjieff and Sufism in the context of contemporary religious and spiritual teachings, particularly in the United States, and highlights some of the adaptive, boundary-crossing, and hybrid features that have led to the continuing influence of Sufism.

Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America

Bewildered and dissatisfied with the ordinary explanations of the strange
phenomena he witnessed, Gurdjieff and Pogossian came to the conclusion that
contemporary science and religion did not offer the solutions to their problems.

Author: Michael S. Pittman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441185457

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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G.I. Gurdjieff (d. 1949) remains an important, if controversial, figure in early 20th-century Western Esoteric thought. Born in the culturally diverse region of the Caucasus, Gurdjieff traveled in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in search of practical spiritual knowledge. Though oftentimes allusive, references to Sufi teachings and characters take a prominent position in Gurdjieff's work and writings. Since his death, a discourse on Gurdjieff and Sufism has developed through the contributions as well as critiques of his students and interlocutors. J.G. Bennett began an experimental 'Fourth Way' school in England in the 1970s which included the introduction of Sufi practices and teachings. In America this discourse has further expanded through the collaboration and engagement of contemporary Sufi teachers. This work does not simply demonstrate the influence of Gurdjieff and his ideas, but approaches the specific discourse on and about Gurdjieff and Sufism in the context of contemporary religious and spiritual teachings, particularly in the United States, and highlights some of the adaptive, boundary-crossing, and hybrid features that have led to the continuing influence of Sufism.

Theorising Religion

Religion is controversial and challenging.

Author: John Walliss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351879613

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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Religion is controversial and challenging. Whilst religious forces are powerful in numerous societies, they have little or no significance for wide swaths of public or private life in other places. The task of theoretical work in the sociology of religion is, therefore, to make sense of this apparently paradoxical situation in which religion is simultaneously significant and insignificant. The chapters of Part One consider the classical roots of ideas about religion that dominated sociological ways of thinking about it for most of the twentieth century. Each chapter offers sound reasons for continuing to find theoretical inspiration and challenge in the sociological classics whilst also seeking ways of enhancing and extending their relevance to religion today. Part Two contains chapters that open up fresh perspectives on aspects of modern, post-modern and ultra-modern religion without necessarily ignoring the classical legacy. The chapters of Part Three chart new directions for the sociological analysis of religion by fundamentally re-thinking its theoretical basis, by extending its disciplinary boundaries and by examining previously overlooked topics.

Children s Voices

Miller - McLemore demonstrates that classical spirituality was also not very
inclusive of children and their parents , for ... to describe the religion of
contemporary American teenagers which consists mainly in the belief in a deity
who exists to ...

Author: Annemie Dillen

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers

ISBN: UVA:X030628622

Category: Religion

Page: 450

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This book deals with themes concerning religious education and the spirituality of children. Throughout the seventeen chapters, the book stimulates a scholarly discussion about children and theology. The book makes clear that classical Christian theology can benefit from taking seriously children's voices and reflections about children. The volume demonstrates how nuanced and interdisciplinary reflections can be relevant for Christian and social practices of adults with children and how these practices can influence theology. This volume asks the following questions: - Why is it important that we hear the 'voices of children' and what does this mean for how we treat children and relate to them? - What do the 'voices of children' express? How do children experience society and, in particular, religion, and what do they have to say about it? - What do the 'voices of children' mean for theology, ethics and religious education? In what way can our theology change when we see reality from the perspective of children? This book consists of five parts. In the first part the reader receives an overview of the current challenges concerning children and spirituality. The two chapters of this part offer an introduction to contemporary thinking about children, theology and spirituality and the place of 'children's voices' within this scope. The second part refers to biblical sources for contemporary theological reflection on children. The third part contains pedagogical and ethical reflections on children, as well as a view from practical theology about children in the world and the responsibility of churches. This third part looks mainly at children in relation to society, both in the past and in the present. The fourth part focuses on children living in the family, which is seen as a domestic church. The fifth part takes up the theme of children's spirituality again, showing children's own spiritual reflection and ways of theologizing with children in church and family contexts, by communication, literature and all forms of religious education and/or catechesis.

Contemporary American Religion A L

Confucianism 147 the founder of the tradition . Confucius would have thought the
founding of a new religion or philosophy odd if not unfilial . He lived at a time in
classical China when the old Zhou dynasty was in a perilous state of decline .

Author: Wade Clark Roof

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN: 0028649265

Category: United States

Page: 861

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"This excellent source furnishes students and scholars with information on contemporary religion, personalities, and popular topics from Fundamentalist Christianity to feng shui."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.

Spirituality Sensuality Literality

Jones states that the so - called jazz expression utilizes the fundamental African -
American musical impulse of the blues and extends ... and western , classical ,
semi - classical , quasi - classical , Latin , and the American popular song —
which it rapidly transformed . ... At the height of the Harlem Renaissance , Rogers
debates whether jazz is more characteristic of the Negro or of contemporary
America .

Author: Brian Dorsey

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015043192841

Category: Philosophy

Page: 472

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Discusses blues, jazz, and rap as music and poetry

Spirituality and Orientalism in Contemporary Classical Music

This thesis critically examines the roles and representations of Eastern spirituality in avant-garde classical music from the early twentieth century to the present.

Author: Neil Ruby

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:992177306

Category:

Page: 71

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This thesis critically examines the roles and representations of Eastern spirituality in avant-garde classical music from the early twentieth century to the present. By examining the history of Asian religious traditions in the United States and their influence upon musical works that fuse Eastern and Western cultures, I argue that intercultural contemporary music often perpetuates pervasive attitudes and assumptions regarding the relationship between spirituality, Asia, and artistry that are historically amnesiac, culturally reductionistic, and perversely antithetical to the progressive egalitarian values typically associated with musical interculturalism. In Chapter 1, I outline how Asian religious traditions were adapted to suit a Western audience in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in response to the imperialist pressures exerted by European and American military forces, and how those adaptations related to art and aesthetics. Chapter 2 examines how the idea of "spirituality" coalesced in the popular imagination in the context of the political and social rebellion of the counterculture era, further establishing an imagined link between an ambiguous Eastern spirituality and creative ability, before becoming heavily commodified in the 1980s. Chapter 3 surveys how musical representations of Eastern spirituality today continue to systemically support and produce the attitudes and assumptions outlined in the first two chapters without confronting their historically dubious claims.

The Critic

Here , I think , Cox makes one of his most salient contributions of the
phenomenology of contemporary religion . ... challenges us by a lively encounter
with both the grim and gracious in American religion especially in classics such
as The ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015036932906

Category: American literature

Page:

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The University of Virginia Record

RELG 216 - ( 3 ) ( Y ) Religion in American Life and Thought from 1865 to the
Present Includes American religious pluralism ... RELG 351 - ( 3 ) ( Y ) Religion
and Society Critical appraisal of classical and contemporary approaches to the ...

Author: University of Virginia

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X030050610

Category:

Page:

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Contemporary American Protestant Thought 1900 1970

ful spiritual movement , even the best , there are yeasty , unsettling forces which
may do good in the long run , but harm ... are classical expressions of personal
religion , the one Roman Catholic and monastic , the other Protestant and Puritan
.

Author: William Robert Miller

Publisher: Indianapolis : Bobbs-Merrill

ISBN: UOM:39015019753550

Category: Protestant churches

Page: 567

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American and Catholic

Regeneration Whereas integrationists look to create some new synthesis of
modern America and the classical Catholic ... and to what they perceive as a
foundational unfolding in human consciousness, at once ecological, social, and
spiritual.

Author: Joe Holland

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015049000907

Category: Catholics

Page: 122

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Religion in Today s World

This involved an integration of contemporary psychology with classical spirituality
. ... and at the Catholic University of America in Washington , D.C. Major
Publishing Projects Another move towards the recovery of the classical tradition
was the ...

Author: Frank Whaling

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark

ISBN: UOM:39015012966134

Category: Religion

Page: 383

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Classical Mythology

... but rather the natural expression of a contemporary American composer
imbued with the spirit of that timeless dinner party . " 10 Certainly one will find
compositions by Americans ( just as we have seen in the case of European
composers ) on classical themes of ... The Golden Apple , which turns Homeric
epic into an American saga ; Gospel at Colonus , which transposes the spirituality
of Sophocles ...

Author: Mark P. O. Morford

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114413748

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 854

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Offers a comprehensive presentation of the principle myths of Greece and Rome and their relationship to actual history.

Democracy and Education in Classical Athens and the American Founding

In spite of the problems with contemporary American public education
documented by Bitensky and others , the ... social , ethical , and spiritual senses )
consists of a harmonious balance of civic and liberal education erected upon the
 ...

Author: Martin D. Carcieri

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015055828951

Category: Education

Page: 128

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This brief volume provides a critical defense of the U.S. Supreme Court's view -- expressed in its San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez ruling -- that education is not a fundamental right deserving protection under the fourteenth amendment. Carcieri (political science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) considers the theoretical and historical relationship between education and democracy, examining the role of the Sophists in classical Athens and the view of education present in the writings of Jefferson and Madison.

Christian Realism in Contemporary American Theology

Bushnell developed instead into the classical American liberal theologian . ...
rational clarification of religion , Bushnell relies upon intuition , upon ya
Perceptive Power in Spiritual Life , an immediate experimental knowledge of God
» , which is ...

Author: George Hammar

Publisher: Uppsala, Sweden, A.-b. Lundequistska bokhandeln [1940]

ISBN: UCAL:$B493759

Category: Theology, Doctrinal

Page: 364

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The Sociology of Religion

Classical and Contemporary Approaches Barbara Hargrove. Ellul , Jacques . ...
Religious and Spiritual Groups in Modern America . Englewood Cliffs ... Journal
for the Scientific Study of Religion 6 : 1 ( Spring 1967 ) : 40 – 48 . Enroth , Ronald
 ...

Author: Barbara Hargrove

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015015535167

Category: Social Science

Page: 385

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Christian Churches of America

Another legacy of the nineteenth - century liberal tradition was the feeling that
religion should inspire a profound moral concern for ... the world . Contemporary
Theology The reorientation of classical Protestantism in modern America 57.

Author: Milton Vaughn Backman

Publisher: Provo, Utah : Brigham Young University Press

ISBN: PSU:000028080206

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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Reviews religious trends in modern America, contrasts Catholicism with Protestantism, and documents the histories and distinguishing doctrines of Lutherans, Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and members of other transplanted and native American faiths