Secret body. Erotic and esoteric currents in the history of religions. (Book, 2018) [WorldCat.org]
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Secret body. Erotic and esoteric currents in the history of religions.

Author: Jeffrey J Kripal
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Over the course of his twenty-five-year career, Jeffrey J. Kripal's study of religion has had two major areas of focus: the erotic expression of mystical experience and the rise of the paranormal in American culture. This book brings these two halves together in surprising ways through a blend of memoir, manifesto, and anthology, drawing new connections between these two realms of human experience and revealing  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey J Kripal
ISBN: 9780226126821 022612682X
OCLC Number: 1016571098
Description: 448 pages
Responsibility: Jeffrey J. Kripal.

Abstract:

Over the course of his twenty-five-year career, Jeffrey J. Kripal's study of religion has had two major areas of focus: the erotic expression of mystical experience and the rise of the paranormal in American culture. This book brings these two halves together in surprising ways through a blend of memoir, manifesto, and anthology, drawing new connections between these two realms of human experience and revealing Kripal's body of work to be a dynamic whole that has the potential to renew and reshape the study of religion. Kripal tells his story, biographically, historically and politically contextualizing each of the six books of his Chicago corpus, from Kali's Child to Mutants and Mystics, all the while answering his censors and critics and exploring new implications of his thought. In the process, he begins to sketch out a speculative "new comparativism" in twenty theses. The result is a new vision for the study of religion, one that takes in the best of the past, engages with outside critiques from the sciences and the humanities, and begins to blaze a new positive path forward. A major work decades in the making, Secret Body will become a landmark in the study of religion.

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