The Golden Tread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions

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Quest Books, Sep 1, 2007 - Religion - 212 pages
The Golden Thread traces the interconnectedness of esoteric wisdom in the Western world, from classical antiquity to contemporary Europe and America. Joscelyn Godwin lends personal perspective to an arrangement of text that is historical and wisdom that is timeless, creating a source of inspiration that calls us to action in our everyday spiritual practice. Every chapter, therefore, makes reference to some aspect of contemporary life and issues of immediate concern. Elegantly written and not without irony and humor, readers will appreciate the non-threatening tone of Godwin’s writing, which is not meant to preach or convert but rather inform the public on an often baffling field. Educated readers who are curious about the esoteric and mystery traditions and interested in finding surprising, new approaches to subjects that veer away from the trends of current thought will be particularly drawn to this book.
 

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Contents

The tfrisca Theologia i
9
The Orphic Mysteries
19
Pythagoras and tfis School
31
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39
The ower of the gregore
47
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55
The Negative Theology
65
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75
The tfagan Renaissance
95
The philosophers filemmcL
103
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113
The ligion ofjrfrf
123
Wfisejfcnjrom the asf
133
The fndofthe Thread?
143
NOTES
153
INDEX
193

Thejtfrts of the Imagination
85

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Jocelyn Godwin is professor of music at Colgate University.

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