Keys of Gnosis

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Sophia Perennis, 2005 - Philosophy - 164 pages
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"For a long time now, religion in the West has been polarized between a democratic kind of faith meant for simple believers, and divine mysteries so high that hardly anyone can claim to know much about them. The vital connecting link between them, that of metaphysical religion, is all but lost..." (From the Introduction.) There are many books that seek to answer the fundamental questions of life: Who am I? Does life have a purpose? How should I live? Dr Bolton's book brings to these universal questions an extraordinary degree of metaphysical insight. It contains in highly condensed form a veritable library of traditional wisdom, offering a systematic reconstruction of our understanding of the soul and its relation to archetypal reality. Its starting-point is the fact that increasing numbers of people seem to lack spiritual and material power over their own lives. Modern man feels like a victim. But true power, real freedom, is closer than we think. Our mistake lies in accepting a false view of the self, and neglecting the metaphysical dimension that gives access to eternity. Dr Bolton's book offers a crash-course in liberation. It can liberate us, specifically, from a common sense idea of reality which is profoundly false, and which holds us in unconscious slavery to time and appearances. The book defends the capacity of the human mind to obtain objective insight, despite the obfuscations of postmodernism, and represents a bold development of the Platonist tradition associated with St Augustine, Plotinus, and Proclus. "This book is like a diamond: a diamond placed not in a necklace, but at the business end of a drill. It is up to us to use the drill to penetrate reality. Writing the book was a great achievement. Reading it invites us to make the achievement our own." - Stratford Caldecott (G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture)
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE NATURE OF THE REAL SELF
7
A PRIMARY CERTAINTY
17
THE DEFINING PRINCIPLE
24
REASON AND INTELLIGENCE
30
CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY
40
CONFORMING TO THE DIVINE PATTERN
46
HAPPINESS AND THE EXTENSION OF TIME
49
THE FREEDOM OF THE WILL
70
THE LAW OF ACTION AND REACTION
80
CHOICE OF THE LESSER EVIL
90
TWO FORMS OF COSMIC ORDER
101
THE DIRECTION OF THE VITAL FORCE
114
COMPLEXITIES IN THE IDEA OF GRACE
124
PERSONAL AND IMPERSONAL REALITY
137
APPENDIX
146

TRANSCENDENCE AND NORMAL EXPERIENCE
55
THE ABSTRACT AND THE CONCRETE
63

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Robert Bolton, Ph.D., is president of Ridge Consultants in in Cazenovia, New York, a firm that specializes in improving human performance in industry, health care, education, and government. His staff has taught communication skills to thousands of managers, salespersons, first-line supervisors, secretaries, customer-relations personnel, teachers, members of the clergy, health-care workers, couples, and others.

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