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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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


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About the author (2011)

Alan Watts was born in England in 1915 and received his early education at King's School, Canterbury. He received a master's degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. He wrote his first book, The Spirit of Zen, at the age of twenty and went on to write over twenty other books including The Way of Zen, The Book, and Tao: The Watercourse Way, which though never fully completed was published after the author's death and introduced thousands of readers to Taoist thought.
In addition to being an acclaimed author and philosopher, Dr. Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University. By the early 1960s, he moved to Sausolito, California, and held seminars and lectures throughout the United States. Alan Watts died in 1973.

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