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Supernatural

Writings on an Unknown History
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Tarcher
 | 
February, 2013
ISBN:
9780399161827
In stock now: 
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$13.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This gem-like, concise anthology from the former editor of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Esoteric Traditions provides thoughtful people with both an introduction to the paranormal and a reason to take a fresh look at it.

Channeling... Atlantis... divination... Most serious people consider such topics nonsense. But look again. Writing with intellectual verve and a deeply critical mind, religious thinker Richard Smoley explores and reconsiders the supernatural in history and today.

We are often conditioned to think of the Judeo-Christian tradition as the only valid, historically accurate, and rational spiritual philosophy. Occultism, magic, and the esoteric are, by contrast, considered illegitimate, delusional, and lacking in intrinsic worth. Supernatural challenges this prejudice, revealing that Western occult traditions are richer and more historically impactful than most of us imagine. The book reveals hidden diamonds and neglected ideas that characterize the magical tradition in the West.

Among Smoley’s essay topics are:

  • Does Prophecy Work?
  • Secrets of the Da Vinci Code
  • Rene Guenon and the Kali Yuga
  • Masonic Civilization
  • A Course in Miracles Revisited
  • Cultivating the Field of Images
  • The Science of Thought
  • The Mysterious Kybalion
  • Toxic Prayer

For any reader, at any level of experience, who has ever been curious about an arcane subject from psychical powers to secret societies, here is a book that gives a complete yet precise, critical, yet serious, and always respectful account of topics from the unseen world. Supernatural is a brilliant primer to the occult and magical traditions of the West.

“I have a standing rule: I read anything Richard Smoley writes.” —Larry Dossey

“Smoley is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages.” —Library Journal

Publisher’s Description: 

This gem-like, concise anthology provides thoughtful people with both an introduction to the paranormal and a reason to take a fresh look at it.

Nostradamus...channeling...Atlantis...divination. Most serious people consider such topics nonsense. But look again. Writing with intellectual verve and a deeply critical mind, religious thinker Richard Smoley explores and reconsiders the supernatural in history and today.

We are often conditioned to think of the Judeo-Christian tradition as the only valid, historically accurate, and rational spiritual philosophy. Occultism, magic, and the esoteric are, by contrast, considered illegitimate, delusional, and lacking in intrinsic worth. Supernatural challenges this prejudice, revealing that Western occult traditions are richer and more historically impactful than most of us imagine. The book reveals hidden diamonds and neglected ideas that characterize the magical tradition in the West.

For any reader, at any level of experience, who has ever been curious about an arcane subject from psychical powers to secret societies here is a book that gives a complete yet precise, critical, yet serious, and always respectful account of topics from the unseen world. Supernatural is a brilliant primer to the occult and magical traditions of the West.

Praise for RICHARD SMOLEY

I have a standing rule: I read anything Richard Smoley writes. Larry Dossey, M.D.

Smoley . . . is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages. Library Journal

He is one of the liveliest, most intrepid, and most gifted explorers of the spiritual landscape writing today.

Ptolemy Tompkins, author of Paradise Fever

 

 

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