Biography: Freedom and Destiny

Enlightening the Path of Human Life

Biography: Freedom and Destiny

The path of an individual human life - our biography - is something of a mystery. Despite the abundance of published biographies and autobiographies of celebrities and historical figures, the scientific study of human biography remains in its infancy, with little understanding of the inherent laws in the path of an individual's life. Yet as Rudolf Steiner shows here, every biography, regardless of the individual's fame, perceived importance or outer success, is ruled by archetypal influences, patterns and laws. This broad-ranging anthology addresses some critical and as yet unanswered questions: What effects do education - and in particular contrasting education methods - have on later life? How do the various periods of life relate to each other? Do the effects of events on the individual become evident immediately, or is their true impact delayed - perhaps by decades? To what extent can an individual shape the stages of his or her biography? How much freedom of choice do we have, and how much of life is predetermined? Out of the higher knowledge Rudolf Steiner acquired from his spiritual research, he described the human individuality as a being with a continuing existence - before birth and beyond death. This eternal being experiences many varied conditions and situations, the effects of which are observable in our biography. This book addresses these and other issues such as freedom and destiny, the effects of heredity, illness, and the impact of education, offering answers based on a profound knowledge of the human being.

Kierkegaard, Religion, and Existence

The Voyage of the Self

Kierkegaard, Religion, and Existence

This book is an original philosophic exploration of the meaning of Kierkegaard's life, his thought, and his works. It makes a bold case for Kierkegaard's recognition of the concrete existence of the individual, including Kierkegaard himself, as crucial to the spiritual life. Written with delicate insight, and beautifully translated from Hebrew, this work offers valuable new turns to understanding the puzzling life-work of a modern giant of spiritual reflection.

Freedom and Destiny

Gender, Family, and Popular Culture in India

Freedom and Destiny

Freedom and Destiny depicts the figure of the woman as an icon of national society and the religious pantheon. It also takes up the iconization of the child and the family in the Indian national imaginary. Book jacket.

Sex and Manifest Destiny

The Urge That Drove Americans Westward

Sex and Manifest Destiny

Many factors—political, economic, sociological—contributed to the United States’ westward expansion across the continent. But the role that sex played has largely been unexplored by scholars. This is the first book-length study to examine such topics as Thomas Jefferson’s interest in the sex lives of American Indians, white’s fear of Indians raping white women, Christian missionary beliefs that Native American sexual practices needed to be altered in order to save Indian souls, and the desire of Mormons to practice polygamy. These and other sex-related dynamics all combined to play a role in America’s extension from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The Gospel of Freedom and Power

Protestant Missionaries in American Culture after World War II

The Gospel of Freedom and Power

In the decades after World War II, Protestant missionaries abroad were a topic of vigorous public debate. From religious periodicals and Sunday sermons to novels and anthropological monographs, public conversations about missionaries followed a powerful yet paradoxical line of reasoning, namely that people abroad needed greater autonomy from U.S. power and that Americans could best tell others how to use their freedom. In The Gospel of Freedom and Power, Sarah E. Ruble traces and analyzes these public discussions about what it meant for Americans abroad to be good world citizens, placing them firmly in the context of the United States' postwar global dominance. Bringing together a wide range of sources, Ruble seeks to understand how discussions about a relatively small group of Americans working abroad became part of a much larger cultural conversation. She concludes that whether viewed as champions of nationalist revolutions or propagators of the gospel of capitalism, missionaries--along with their supporters, interpreters, and critics--ultimately both challenged and reinforced a rhetoric of exceptionalism that made Americans the judges of what was good for the rest of the world.

Joyce Meyer

A Life of Redemption and Destiny

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer suffered through many years of extreme sexual and emotional abuse, only to discover a loving God who responded to her prayers, changing her mind, her spirit, and, eventually, the course of her life. You don’t need to suffer any longer from alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, bad relationships, family dysfunction, sexual harassment, and other life-destroying issues. Through Joyce's personal life and experiences, you will find strength and courage so you can: Stop the endless cycle of pain Fulfill God’s destiny for your life Overcome personal weaknesses Experience genuine forgiveness See God use you in miraculous ways Find freedom from depression and abuse Conquer timidity and helpless dependency Both men and women alike will find that God can—and does—use anyone, no matter how bad his or her past circumstances may be, to accomplish truly astonishing and miraculous things. Break free from the bondage of your past!