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Alexandria 3
Alexandria 3
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 3 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #3 covers:
Introduction: Education and the Signs of the Times -- David Fideler
Harmony Made Visible -- Michael S. Schneider
The Alchemy of Art -- Arthur Versluis
Ecopsychology in Theory and Practice: A Report on the 1994 Conference -- Melissa Nelson
A Note Against the Aristotelians -- Peter Ramus
The Divine Sophia: Isis, Achamoth, and Ialdabaoth -- Lee Irwin
Ruminations on All and Everything -- Peter Russell
Clement of Alexandria's Letter to Theodore Containing Fragments of a Secret Gospel of Mark
The Strange Case of the Secret Gospel According to Mark: How Morton Smith's Discovery of a Lost Letter of Clement of Alexandria Scandalized Biblical Scholarship -- Shawn Eyer
Knowledge, Reason, and Ethics: A Neoplatonic Perspective -- Michael Hornum
Delphi's Enduring Message: On the Need for Oracular Communications in Psychological Life -- Dianne Skafte
Two Lyrics -- Christopher Reynolds
Lyric on a Renaissance Woodcut -- David Fideler
Anatolius: On the Decad -- Robin Waterfield (translator)
Two Letters of Marsilio Ficino
Proclus's Hymn to the One -- Michael Hornum (translator)
Cosmologies -- Dana Wilde
The Invisible College -- Anthony Rooley
Reviving the Academies of the Muses -- David Fideler
Plato, Athena, and Saint Katherine: The Education of the Philosopher -- Christine Rhone
The School of Wisdom -- Jane Leade
Education in the New World Order: A Trialogue -- Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna, and Rupert Sheldrake
The Teaching Mission of Socrates -- Ignacio L. Götz
A Note on Myth, the Mysteries, and Teaching in Plato's Republic -- Ignacio L. Götz
The Tarocchi del Mantegna: An Overview of the Engravings
Reflections on the Tarocchi of Mantegna -- Oliver T. Perrin
Speaking in Hieroglyphics -- Peter Lamborn Wilson
Three Exemplars of the Esoteric Tradition in the Renaissance -- Karen-Claire Voss
Ships with Wings
Apuleius in the Underworld: A Footnote to Metamorphoses 11 -- John Carey
Three Homeric Hymns -- Bruce MacLennan (translator)
Astronomy, Contemplation, and the Objects of Celestial Desire -- David Fideler
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Alexandria 5
Alexandria 5
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 5 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #5 covers:
Dante and the Comic Way -- Joseph Meeker
An Ecology of Mind -- Doug Man
Science's Missing Half: Epistemological Pluralism and the Search for an Inclusive Cosmology -- David Fideler
Negotiating the Highwire of Heaven: The Milky Way and the Itinerary of the Soul -- E. C. Krupp
Nature and Nature's God: Modern Cosmology and the Rebirth of Natural Philosophy -- Theodore Roszak
Creativity: The Meeting of Apollo and Dionysus -- F. David Peat
Mithras, the Hypercosmic Sun, and the Rockbirth -- David Ulansey
Musical Emblems in the Renaissance: A Survey -- Christina Linsenmeyer-van Schalkwyk
Jung and the Alchemical Imagination -- Jeffrey Raff
Two Platonic Voices in America: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas M. Johnson -- David Fideler
Alcott's Transcendental Neoplatonism and the Concord Summer School -- Jay Bregman
Chaos and the Millennium -- Ralph Abraham
Is Anything the Matter? -- Roger S. Jones
Magnificent Desolation -- Dana Wilde
Soul Loss and Soul Making -- Kabir Helminski
Ideal Beauty and Sensual Beauty in Works of Art -- Aphrodite Alexandrakis
Socrates and the Art of Dialogue -- Robert Apatow
Footprints on the Threshold -- Christine Rhone
Science: Method, Myth, Metaphor? -- Amy Ione
Teaching Archaeoastronomy -- Greg Whitlock
Oneiriconographia: Entering Poliphilo's Utopian Dreamscape - A Review Essay -- Peter Lamborn Wilson
Memorial of A. H. Armstrong -- Jay Bregman
Memorial of Marie-Louise von Franz -- Jeffrey Raff
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Alexandria 5
Alexandria 5
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 5 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #5 covers:
Dante and the Comic Way -- Joseph Meeker
An Ecology of Mind -- Doug Man
Science's Missing Half: Epistemological Pluralism and the Search for an Inclusive Cosmology -- David Fideler
Negotiating the Highwire of Heaven: The Milky Way and the Itinerary of the Soul -- E. C. Krupp
Nature and Nature's God: Modern Cosmology and the Rebirth of Natural Philosophy -- Theodore Roszak
Creativity: The Meeting of Apollo and Dionysus -- F. David Peat
Mithras, the Hypercosmic Sun, and the Rockbirth -- David Ulansey
Musical Emblems in the Renaissance: A Survey -- Christina Linsenmeyer-van Schalkwyk
Jung and the Alchemical Imagination -- Jeffrey Raff
Two Platonic Voices in America: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas M. Johnson -- David Fideler
Alcott's Transcendental Neoplatonism and the Concord Summer School -- Jay Bregman
Chaos and the Millennium -- Ralph Abraham
Is Anything the Matter? -- Roger S. Jones
Magnificent Desolation -- Dana Wilde
Soul Loss and Soul Making -- Kabir Helminski
Ideal Beauty and Sensual Beauty in Works of Art -- Aphrodite Alexandrakis
Socrates and the Art of Dialogue -- Robert Apatow
Footprints on the Threshold -- Christine Rhone
Science: Method, Myth, Metaphor? -- Amy Ione
Teaching Archaeoastronomy -- Greg Whitlock
Oneiriconographia: Entering Poliphilo's Utopian Dreamscape - A Review Essay -- Peter Lamborn Wilson
Memorial of A. H. Armstrong -- Jay Bregman
Memorial of Marie-Louise von Franz -- Jeffrey Raff
About the Contributors

Alexandria 5
Alexandria 5
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 5 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #5 covers:
Dante and the Comic Way -- Joseph Meeker
An Ecology of Mind -- Doug Man
Science's Missing Half: Epistemological Pluralism and the Search for an Inclusive Cosmology -- David Fideler
Negotiating the Highwire of Heaven: The Milky Way and the Itinerary of the Soul -- E. C. Krupp
Nature and Nature's God: Modern Cosmology and the Rebirth of Natural Philosophy -- Theodore Roszak
Creativity: The Meeting of Apollo and Dionysus -- F. David Peat
Mithras, the Hypercosmic Sun, and the Rockbirth -- David Ulansey
Musical Emblems in the Renaissance: A Survey -- Christina Linsenmeyer-van Schalkwyk
Jung and the Alchemical Imagination -- Jeffrey Raff
Two Platonic Voices in America: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas M. Johnson -- David Fideler
Alcott's Transcendental Neoplatonism and the Concord Summer School -- Jay Bregman
Chaos and the Millennium -- Ralph Abraham
Is Anything the Matter? -- Roger S. Jones
Magnificent Desolation -- Dana Wilde
Soul Loss and Soul Making -- Kabir Helminski
Ideal Beauty and Sensual Beauty in Works of Art -- Aphrodite Alexandrakis
Socrates and the Art of Dialogue -- Robert Apatow
Footprints on the Threshold -- Christine Rhone
Science: Method, Myth, Metaphor? -- Amy Ione
Teaching Archaeoastronomy -- Greg Whitlock
Oneiriconographia: Entering Poliphilo's Utopian Dreamscape - A Review Essay -- Peter Lamborn Wilson
Memorial of A. H. Armstrong -- Jay Bregman
Memorial of Marie-Louise von Franz -- Jeffrey Raff
About the Contributors

Alexandria 5
Alexandria 5
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 5 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #5 covers:
Dante and the Comic Way -- Joseph Meeker
An Ecology of Mind -- Doug Man
Science's Missing Half: Epistemological Pluralism and the Search for an Inclusive Cosmology -- David Fideler
Negotiating the Highwire of Heaven: The Milky Way and the Itinerary of the Soul -- E. C. Krupp
Nature and Nature's God: Modern Cosmology and the Rebirth of Natural Philosophy -- Theodore Roszak
Creativity: The Meeting of Apollo and Dionysus -- F. David Peat
Mithras, the Hypercosmic Sun, and the Rockbirth -- David Ulansey
Musical Emblems in the Renaissance: A Survey -- Christina Linsenmeyer-van Schalkwyk
Jung and the Alchemical Imagination -- Jeffrey Raff
Two Platonic Voices in America: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas M. Johnson -- David Fideler
Alcott's Transcendental Neoplatonism and the Concord Summer School -- Jay Bregman
Chaos and the Millennium -- Ralph Abraham
Is Anything the Matter? -- Roger S. Jones
Magnificent Desolation -- Dana Wilde
Soul Loss and Soul Making -- Kabir Helminski
Ideal Beauty and Sensual Beauty in Works of Art -- Aphrodite Alexandrakis
Socrates and the Art of Dialogue -- Robert Apatow
Footprints on the Threshold -- Christine Rhone
Science: Method, Myth, Metaphor? -- Amy Ione
Teaching Archaeoastronomy -- Greg Whitlock
Oneiriconographia: Entering Poliphilo's Utopian Dreamscape - A Review Essay -- Peter Lamborn Wilson
Memorial of A. H. Armstrong -- Jay Bregman
Memorial of Marie-Louise von Franz -- Jeffrey Raff
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Alexandria 4
Alexandria 4
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 4 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #4 covers:
Introduction: Philosophy Embracing the World -- David Fideler
The Cosmic Religious Feeling -- Albert Einstein
Science and Religion -- Albert Einstein
Science and the Beautiful -- Werner Heisenberg
Soul and the World: A Conversation with Thomas Moore and Suzi Gablik
Retrieving an Ancient Ecology: Art -- Christopher Castle
Deep Form in Art and Nature -- Betty and Theodore Roszak
Ecomorphology: Art -- Gordon Onslow Ford
Two Poems -- Betty Roszak
Cosmology, Ethics, and the Practice of Relatedness: A Conversation on Philosophy, the Patterns of Nature, and the Ways of Knowing -- David Fideler
Cultivating Ecological Design Intelligence -- Stuart Cowan
Neoplatonism and the Cosmological Revolution: Holism, Fractal Geometry, and Mind in Nature -- David Fideler
Egos, Angels, and the Colors of Nature -- Robert D. Romanyshyn
The Contemporary Christian Platonism of A. H. Armstrong -- Jay Bregman
The Theology of the Invisible -- Bruce Nelson
The World Religions and Ecology -- Joseph Milne
The Information War -- Hakim Bey
Philosophical Counseling -- Kathleen Damiani
Novelty, the Stop, and the Advent of Conscience -- David Appelbaum
Life, Lindisfarne, and Everything: William Irwin Thompson Speaks Out
Jung and the Myth of the Primordial Tradition -- Andrew Burniston
The Lost Spirit of Hellenic Philosophy -- Christos Evangeliou
Drinking with the Muses -- Thomas Willard
Claiming a Liberal Education -- Stephen Rowe
How to Host a Philosophical Banquet -- Plutarch
Words of the God: Ancient Oracle Traditions of the Mediterranean World -- Lee Irwin
Hermeticism and the Utopian Imagination -- John Michael Greer

Alexandria 4
Alexandria 4
by Fideler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Esotericism, Aug. 19 2003
This review is from: Alexandria 4 (Paperback)
Essential contributions to the study of Western Esotericism. Alexandria issue #4 covers:
Introduction: Philosophy Embracing the World -- David Fideler
The Cosmic Religious Feeling -- Albert Einstein
Science and Religion -- Albert Einstein
Science and the Beautiful -- Werner Heisenberg
Soul and the World: A Conversation with Thomas Moore and Suzi Gablik
Retrieving an Ancient Ecology: Art -- Christopher Castle
Deep Form in Art and Nature -- Betty and Theodore Roszak
Ecomorphology: Art -- Gordon Onslow Ford
Two Poems -- Betty Roszak
Cosmology, Ethics, and the Practice of Relatedness: A Conversation on Philosophy, the Patterns of Nature, and the Ways of Knowing -- David Fideler
Cultivating Ecological Design Intelligence -- Stuart Cowan
Neoplatonism and the Cosmological Revolution: Holism, Fractal Geometry, and Mind in Nature -- David Fideler
Egos, Angels, and the Colors of Nature -- Robert D. Romanyshyn
The Contemporary Christian Platonism of A. H. Armstrong -- Jay Bregman
The Theology of the Invisible -- Bruce Nelson
The World Religions and Ecology -- Joseph Milne
The Information War -- Hakim Bey
Philosophical Counseling -- Kathleen Damiani
Novelty, the Stop, and the Advent of Conscience -- David Appelbaum
Life, Lindisfarne, and Everything: William Irwin Thompson Speaks Out
Jung and the Myth of the Primordial Tradition -- Andrew Burniston
The Lost Spirit of Hellenic Philosophy -- Christos Evangeliou
Drinking with the Muses -- Thomas Willard
Claiming a Liberal Education -- Stephen Rowe
How to Host a Philosophical Banquet -- Plutarch
Words of the God: Ancient Oracle Traditions of the Mediterranean World -- Lee Irwin
Hermeticism and the Utopian Imagination -- John Michael Greer

Mystery Of Manna
Mystery Of Manna
by Dan Merkur
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much-needed valuable contribution to religion studies, June 30 2003
This review is from: Mystery Of Manna (Paperback)
Anyone interested in the entheogen theory of religion should definitely read this book. It is well-written and scholarly. The field is inherently speculative at this early point. This is a much-needed valuable contribution to religion studies.
Today's situation is a perfect example of a paradigm shift: if you examine each hypothesis separately and each book on the subject separately, and assume the dominant paradigm or non-theory of "those crazy and primitive ancients are simply unfathomable and alien to our way of thinking," you'll be able to easily dismiss each hypothesis and each book.
But when you consider the still-small set of all books and articles about the entheogen theory of religion, a viable alternative paradigm is coming into view. This new paradigm, within which Merkur is only one of a growing number of researchers, is readily yielding specific plausible hypotheses, while the official dominant view has no hypotheses other than "the ancients' minds operated differently than ours, and we simple can't comprehend them, and they were remarkably excitable by wine -- lightweights, unlike us."
Therefore, any one book in this field cannot be reasonably evaluated in isolation; instead, read Merkur's book Psychedelic Sacrament, Clark Heinrich's 1995 book Strange Fruit, which also has coverage of ergot in the Old Testament, and several other books in the field of the entheogen theory of religion. Only then are you reasonably equipped to assess how much this book contributes to our understanding of the history of religion and the nature of religious experiencing.

Magic Mushrooms In Religion And Alchemy
Magic Mushrooms In Religion And Alchemy
by Clark Heinrich
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toward entheogen theory of all perennial philosophy forms, May 13 2003
When I read about eating bittersweet scrolls followed by seeing visions, in Ezekiel and Revelation, it was clear that Christianity included an essential entheogen tradition. However, it was unclear which entheogens might be allegorized in those scriptures. Heinrich presents a fine and sufficient candidate.
He also presents a brilliant hypothesis that the story of the Exodus is based around ergot poisoning of the yeast supply.
To better reveal what an innovative coverage and approach the book provides, it would've benefitted from a detailed table of contents, more section subheads, and clearer chapter titles.
Chapters and their coverage of Amanita encoding:
A Brief Explanation of an Unusual Book -- defining speculative history approach and encoding of visionary plants in myth-religion
Beating around the Burning Bush -- drug use in religions ("& myth") (short)
The Soma Drinkers -- Vedic Aryans
The Fly Agaric -- effects of Amanita
Curious Evidence -- Soma, Allegro
The Dwarf Sun-God -- Vishnu, Krishna
The Red-Eyed Howler -- Rudra/Himalayas, Shiva, Hanuman, Tantra
The Secrets of Eden -- Story of Garden of Eden
The Prophets of Ancient Israel -- Abraham, Moses, ergot exodus, Elijah, Elisha, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jonah
Living Water and the Bread of Life: The Story of Jesus -- Jesus, Paul, Revelation
The Knowers of God -- Gnostics
The Mysterious Grail -- Holy Grail
Elixir: The Secret Stone of Alchemy -- Alchemy
An Artistic Conspiracy? -- Renaissance art (short)
Heaven and Hell -- author trip reports
Last Word -- summary of reasonableness of entheogen encoding in religions/groups discussed
Legend of Miskwedo -- American Indian
I commend how Clark Heinrich's book is structured to trace the presence of entheogens, particularly Amanita, through history, with Alchemy serving to represent the Renaissance period and Western Esotericism.
This is an improved second edition of the excellent book "Strange Fruit". The original title was Strange Fruit: Alchemy and Religion: The Hidden Truth: Alchemy, Religion and Magical Foods: A Speculative History.
"A speculative history" is important: Heinrich is tracing the Amanita through Western history of myth-religion, and approach that is needed more, as we fill in the presence of visionary plants in all eras/areas/groups/religions/systems of gnosis & forms of the perennial philosophy.
The pair of separate terms "religion and alchemy" obscures what his "speculative history" approach implies: there isn't in fact "religions" over here and "alchemy" over there as something set apart; neither is the "myth vs. religion" distinction helpful. The book actually contains a more full-fledged history, rather than just "religion" and "alchemy" -- Western Esotericism is covered not only by Alchemy, but also by the Holy Grail.
Some say Heinrich makes the error of seeing Amanita everywhere. On the contrary, entheogen scholarship only errs in failing to see visionary plants everywhere, wherever the perennial philosophy is present, whether called "philosophy", "gnosis", "religion", "myth", "magic", or "Western Esotericism".
Further research is needed, such as in Entheos journal, to fill in the remaining areas left after Heinrich's book, so that we at last recognize and come to see visionary plants everywhere -- in all these traditions or currents.
The book's "speculative history" approach implies coverage of finding visionary plants everywhere and finding that this "everywhere" is really just one single "place": manifestations of the perennial philosophy, or gnosis, which is universal.
The book tends to write in a voice which assumes the existence of a single individual who was the kernal for the Jesus figure, but Heinrich also points out that we have no evidence justifying a conclusion that such an individual existed. He portrays Jesus both as hierophant administering Amanita and Jesus as Amanita. He provides a fair commentary on John Allegro's contributions to recognizing Amanita in Christianity.
The book tends, like most entheogen scholarship, to treat the visionary plants themselves as the entirety of what is revealed, when in fact the gnosis itself, the principles of the perennial philosophy, are certainly the other half and perhaps ultimately the main half of what is revealed -- though in practice, revealing the visionary plants is tantamount to revealing the perennial philosophy.
Heinrich is innovative but not alone; this kind of entheogen scholarship has become a burgeoning approach and school of thought -- an increasingly standardized and established, productive research paradigm. Chris Bennett's book Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible makes a case for cannabis and other visionary plants in the Bible. Dan Merkur's book Mystery of Manna contributes additional arguments to the case for ergot in the Old Testament.
This is a model of a fine book. The prose is clear, artistic, and masterful. The photos are stunning and perfectly support his case, showing the shape-shifting Amanita in its various lifecycle stages, explaining how each stage is allegorized in Hindu, Christian, and alchemical traditions. A must-have for entheogen scholars.

The Throne, The Lamb and The Dragon: A Reader's Guide To The Book Of Revelation
The Throne, The Lamb and The Dragon: A Reader's Guide To The Book Of Revelation
by J. I. Packer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding what Rev. means by what it meant, April 20 2003
This is a good, fairly short summary of scholarly analysis of the book of Revelation, solidly grounded in what it meant to those who originally wrote and recopied it.

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