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The labyrinth of the world and the paradise of the heart

Author: Johann Amos Comenius
Publisher: New York : Paulist Press, ©1998.
Series: Classics of Western spirituality.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The study of Protestant spirituality in the early modern period has generally focused on Puritans and Pietists. The tradition of the Slavic Reformation that culminated with John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) has been largely ignored. This volume seeks to redress this imbalance by introducing Comenius's neglected masterpiece, The Labyrinth of the World, to a broader audience." "Though better known as the father of  Read more...
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Comenius, Johann Amos, 1592-1670.
Labyrinth of the world and the paradise of the heart.
New York : Paulist Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607074694
Online version:
Comenius, Johann Amos, 1592-1670.
Labyrinth of the world and the paradise of the heart.
New York : Paulist Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)632269915
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johann Amos Comenius
ISBN: 080910489X 9780809104895 0809137399 9780809137398
OCLC Number: 36798986
Description: x, 250 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: On the reasons for wandering in the world --
The pilgrim receives Ubiquitous as a guide --
Delusion joins them --
The pilgrim receives a bridle and spectacles --
The pilgrim looks at the world from above --
Fate distributes callings --
The pilgrim examines the marketplace of the world --
The pilgrim observes the state and order of marriage --
The pilgrim observes the working class --
The pilgrim examines the learned class: a general survey --
The pilgrim among the philosophers --
The pilgrim examines alchemy --
The pilgrim observes the rosicrucians --
The pilgrim examines the medical profession --
The pilgrim observes the legal profession --
The pilgrim observes the promotion of masters and doctors --
The pilgrim observes the religious profession --
He examines the Christian religion --
The pilgrim observes the ruling class --
The military profession --
The knightly order --
The pilgrim finds himself among the newsmen --
The pilgrim examines the castle of fortune: first of all, the entrance --
The pilgrim observes the lifestyle of the rich --
The ways of the Hedonists --
Life of the world's elites --
The glory of the famous people in the world --
The pilgrim begins to despair and quarrels with his guides --
The pilgrim examines the castle of wisdom, the queen of the world --
The pilgrim is accused at the palace of wisdom --
Solomon, with his great retinue, come to the palace of wisdom --
The pilgrim observes the secret judgments and governance of the world --
Solomon reveals the vanities and deceptions of the world --
Solomon deceived and seduced --
Solomon's company is dispersed, captured, and put to hideous death --
The pilgrim wants to flee from the world --
The pilgrim finds his way home --
He receives Christ as his guest --
Their betrothal --
How the pilgrim was transformed --
The pilgrim is sent to the invisible church --
The light of true Christians --
The freedom of hearts devoted to God --
The code of true Christians --
All things are light and easy for hearts devoted to God --
The saints have an abundance of all --
The security of people committed to God --
The Godly have complete peace --
The Godly have constant joy in their hearts --
The pilgrim examines Christians according to their classes --
The death of faithful Christians --
The pilgrim sees the glory of God --
The pilgrim is received into God's household --
The conclusion of all.
Series Title: Classics of Western spirituality.
Other Titles: Labyrint světa a ráj srdce.
Responsibility: John Comenius ; translated and introduced by Howard Louthan and Andrea Sterk ; preface by Jan Milič Lochman.

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Alongside Puritan and Pietist spirituality runs a virtually unknown stream of Slavic spirituality, here represented by reformation leader John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) in his neglected masterpiece,  Read more...

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