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Form and Substance in the World's Religions, by Frithjof Schuon.  At the level of ideas, Schuon is an unsurpassable expositor of first principles. One of the reasons he is so widely acclaimed is his fluency in so many "languages of the Spirit." Seminal chapters such as "Atma-Maya," plus gems from the traditional worlds of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, lay to rest any doubt that the Sacred has not only the first but the final word. Seyyed Hossein Nasr,  Knowledge and the Sacred. Nasr, in a series of ten lectures, argues that, unlike in the West, where scientific thought has been secularized, in the East, knowledge and religious experience have remained unified. Drawing from Buddhist, Hindu, Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions, he finds in each the idea of perennial wisdom as a philosophical basis for such unity. Apuleius (Thomas Taylor translator)Metamorphosis or Golden Ass of Apuleius. Thomas Taylor s books are highly sought after because of his remarkable ability to translate seeming obscure texts into understandable gems of light. Apuleius, the celebrated author of the following works, is undoubtedly the greatest of the ancient Latin Platonists.

 

Naturalness: A Classic of Shin Buddhism by Kenryo Kanamatsu  hin, or Pure Land, is the flower of Japanese Buddhism. Although it is less well known in the West than Zen, Vipassana or Tibetan Buddhism, its message of holy freedom, or naturalness, which arises when man conforms with sincere attachment to the Eternal saving will of the Buddha has been an illuminating way of spiritual awakening for multitudes of Japanese people since the sixth century when Buddhism came to Japan. Songs for a Spiritual Traveler: Selected Poems of Frithjof Schuon  The poetry of Frithjof Schuon has been called metaphysical music. Every poem in this German/English bilingual collection--drawn from more than three thousand poems written during the closing years of his life--is a true compass pointing the reader time and again to Schuon's fundamental theme: the remembrance of God. These small gems are as profound as the sea and as simple as water itself. Thomas Taylor (translator), The Hynms of OrpheusA photographic facsimile of the 1792 edition, published in London, this includes a preliminary dissertation on "The Life and Theology of Orpheus, " "The Initiations of Orpheus" which were the invocations used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and "Concerning the Beautiful" by Plotinus. These comprise a compendium of the teachings of Orpheus, a missionary of civilization and one whose teachings are nearly indistinguishable from the foundation of the Pythagorean philosophy.
Hans Urs Von Balthazar,  Presence and Thought:  Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa.   Everything Balthasar says about beauty as a key to theology and spirituality, for example, can be found in the writings of St. Gregory of Nyssa, the patristic apostle of beauty as a Divine attribute and gift. This book is a must for both those interested in St. Gregory and for those looking for an insight into von Balthasar. - Vincent Rossi Thomas Taylor (translator)  Select Work of Plotinus. Contents: On the virtues; On Dialectic; On Matter; Against the Gnostics; On the Impassivity of Incorporeal Natures; On Eternity and Time; On the Immortality of the Soul; On the Three Hypostases that rank as the Principles of Things; On Intellect, Ideas, and Real Being; On the Essence of the Soul; A discussion of Doubts relative to the Soul; On the Generation and Order of Things after the First; On Gnostic Hypostases, and That which is beyond Them; That the Nature which is beyond Being is not Intellective, etc.; On the Good, or the One. Thomas Taylor (tranlator),  Proclus the Neoplatonic Philosopher.  The Former Consisting of Ten Doubts Concerning Providence, and a Solution of those Doubts; and the Latter Containing a Development of the Nature of Evil.

Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings,(translated by George Berthold) Athe best single volume to give to someone new to St. Maximus. St. Maximus' greatness lies in the fact that he was not only a brilliant theologian, but an equally accomplished philosopher, as well as a great ascetic and spiritual master of the Eastern Orthodox monastic and hesychastic tradition. He can put more into a single sentence or paragraph than most philosophers or theologians put into whole chapters, or even books. - Vincent Rossi

 

John McKenna  The Setting in Life for the Arbiter of John Philoponus: 6th Century Alexandrian Scientist.  I remember when I first began to understand some of the thought that I found in the theological work of Philoponus. I was overwhelmed with the reality that we can lose vital concepts for the development of our thought, that we must learn from the past in real ways if we are going to discuss the future of the race upon the planet. - The Author

 

Andrew Louth,   Maximus the Confessor.  St. Maximus the Confessor, the greatest of Byzantine theologians, lived through the most catastrophic period the Byzantine Empire was to experience before the Crusades. This book introduces the reader to the times and upheavals during which Maximus lived. "Andrew Louth has certainly given to his readership a most valuable introduction not only to the 'thinking' but also the 'thought' of the Confessor. His challenging observations provide a stimulus and an agenda for us all." - Lars Thunberg

 

 
 

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