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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2011 - Religion - 288 pages
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Just as groundbreaking today as it was when it first appeared, Behold the Spirit is philosopher Alan Watts’s timeless argument for the place of mystical religion in today’s world. Drawing on his experiences as a former priest, Watts skillfully explains how the intuition of Eastern religion—Zen Buddhism, in particular—can be incorporated into the doctrines of Western Christianity, allowing people of all creeds to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the spiritual in our present troubled times.


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

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

well, I loved it. but I'm a sucker for Alan watts. this is my 15th Alan watts book. love his work. haven't read him in 25 years or more. the title really kind of gives it away. but why beat around the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Woods - Goodreads

Well the Man has done it for me again! I always had some sense that Christian belief held something for me but I could never find the connection in the straightened, rigid, exclusivist nonsense that ... 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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