Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2011 - Religion - 288 pages
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This study of the necessity of mystical religion, also shows how traditional Western doctrine can be reconciled with the intuitive religion of the Orient.


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Review: Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion

User Review  - John Sewell - Goodreads

A classic - in the sense of speaking to the present age, even though published in the late 40s. He is square on point as why the pews are emptying as folk go looking authentic experience of God as they are not finding in the Church. He also points the way to meet the challenge and grow up! Read full review

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User Review  - Yasmina Elhayane - Goodreads

I read it all in one sitting. Aside from the Catholic apologetics (for there is quite a lot), Watts has done a phenomenal job of explaining the origins and nature of religious mysticism, both Western and Eastern. It is by far the best book that I've ever read on the subject. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
PART ONE
21
The Gift of Union
64
The Realization of Union
88
PART TWO
115
The Heart of God
153
BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
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About the author (2011)

Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life,in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

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