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If only we could see : mystical vision and social transformation

Author: Gary Commins
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon. : Cascade Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This analytical, polemical, and personal book creates a lively interaction between mysticism and activism. Looking beyond superficial links between spirituality and justice, it creates an in-depth engagement of mysticism as an inner revolution and activism as a mirroring socioeconomic transfiguration. Based on the twin premises of the mystical tradition and Social Gospel-liberation theology that those who experience  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Commins
ISBN: 9781625644954 1625644957
OCLC Number: 933620804
Description: xiii, 501 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Permissions --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: sparks --
Wakers on Earth --
With moaning and with mourning --
A great light --
Footprints on the water --
Wounds, forever fresh --
Harijans --
Holy communists --
The unseeable one glory --
The peace that is no peace --
Glossary of names --
Bibliography --
Names index --
Subject index --
Scripture index.
Responsibility: Gary Commins.

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This analytical, polemical, and personal book creates a lively interaction between mysticism and activism. Looking beyond superficial links between spirituality and justice, it creates an in-depth engagement of mysticism as an inner revolution and activism as a mirroring socioeconomic transfiguration. Based on the twin premises of the mystical tradition and Social Gospel-liberation theology that those who experience God in prayer or engage in social action ought to be our primary theologians, it examines what these two traditions say about theology, to each other, and to us. The broad synthesis that results from this fascinating dialog brings new insights into mysticism, activism, theology, and ethics, and casts a unique light on how we pray and live. If Only We Could See brings together a wealth of spiritual material from the early Desert, medieval mystics, and modern spiritual writers alongside an equally rich resource of abolitionists, anti-apartheid activists, civil rights leaders, nonviolent change agents, and peacemakers. The results yield valuable insights for a theology that challenges every personal and political status quo.

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