Placing Native American spirituality in the context of the world's great religions, Sacred Earth contrasts contemporary society's arrogant belief in its own power with native traditions of reverence for the earth. This eye-opening journey through the terrain of Native American spirituality is an urgent call to rediscover and become firmly grounded on the sacred earth again.
People are born in one place. Traditionally humans move around more than other animals, but in modernity the global mobility of persons and the factors of production increasingly disrupts the sense of place that is an intrinsic part of the human experience of being on earth. Industrial development and fossil fuelled mobility negatively impact the sense of place and help to foster a culture of placelessness where buildings, fields and houses increasingly display a monotonous aesthetic. At the same time ecological habitats, and diverse communities of species are degraded. Romantic resistance to the industrial evisceration of place and ecological diversity involved the setting aside of scenic or sublime landscapes as wilderness areas or parks. However the implication of this project is that human dwelling and ecological sustainability are intrinsically at odds. In this collection of essays Michael Northcott argues that the sense of the sacred which emanates from local communities of faith sustained a 'parochial ecology' which, over the centuries, shaped communities that were more socially just and ecologically sustainable than the kinds of exchange relationships and settlement patterns fostered by a global and place-blind economy. Hence Christian communities in medieval Europe fostered the distributed use and intergenerational care of common resources, such as alpine meadows, forests or river catchments. But contemporary political economists neglect the role of boundaried places, and spatial limits, in the welfare of human and ecological communities. Northcott argues that place-based forms of community, dwelling and exchange – such as a local food economy – more closely resemble evolved commons governance arrangements, and facilitate the revival of a sense of neighbourhood, and of reconnection between persons and the ecological places in which they dwell.
Release on 2001 | by Alaine M. Low,Associate Lecturer Alaine Low,Soraya Tremayne
Women, Spirituality and the Environment
Author: Alaine M. Low,Associate Lecturer Alaine Low,Soraya Tremayne
Pubpsher: Berghahn Books
Category: Social Science
Challenging the assumption that women have a special affinity with the Earth and therefore a historic mission for the care of the environment, this book asks whether women are truly 'sacred custodians' of the Earth.
The true story of the Three Wise Men of the Christmas Nativity Story has remained a secret for over two thousand years. The Three Wise Men are the founder members of the very Sacred Order of the Magi. The Order has survived for two thousand years much the same as the Ancient Orders of Stonemasons and the Knights Templar. Unlike those orders, however, it has remained a secret—until now. Members of the Sacred Order of the Magi have worked on their own or in small groups, with some members never knowing others. For certain families, it was a dynasty that encompassed some but not all family members. The vow that all members of the Sacred Order of the Magi take is to uphold in their hearts and souls the truth of Jesus’ mission. Why was the order kept a secret? Why is the story of the Three Wise Men and their Sacred Order being disclosed now? You will read how the Three Wise Men of love and light with unrelenting integrity, bravery, and overwhelming sadness discover the role they are to play in Jesus’ destiny. For his sake and safety and for the salvation of our planet, the Sacred Order of the Magi went undercover and became the Spiritual Security Service. Now is the time to reveal its existence. Now is the time to disclose many sacred truths. It was ordained to be so. Now is the time of the second coming of Jesus, or Yeshua Ben Joseph, as he was known to the Magi. The story of The Three Wise Men is not solely for Christmas; it is for all time.
The current ecological crisis is a matter of urgent global concern, with solutions being sought on many fronts. In this book, Seyyed Hossein Nasr argues that the devastation of our world has been exacerbated, if not actually caused, by the reductionist view of nature that has been advanced by modern secular science. What is needed, he believes, is the recovery of the truth to which the great, enduring religions all attest; namely that nature is sacred. Nasr traces the historical process through which Western civilization moved away from the idea of nature as sacred and embraced a world view which sees humans as alienated from nature and nature itself as a machine to be dominated and manipulated by humans. His goal is to negate the totalitarian claims of modern science and to re-open the way to the religious view of the order of nature, developed over centuries in the cosmologies and sacred sciences of the great traditions. Each tradition, Nasr shows, has a wealth of knowledge and experience concerning the order of nature. The resuscitation of this knowledge, he argues, would allow religions all over the globe to enrich each other and cooperate to heal the wounds inflicted upon the Earth.
"The Sacred Writings Of ..." provides you with the essential works among the Early Christian writings. The volumes cover the beginning of Christianity until before the promulgation of the Nicene Creed at the First Council of Nicaea. Every single volume is accurately annotated, including * an extensive biography of the author and his life Julius Africanus is the father of Christian chronography. Little is known of his life and little remains of his works. He is important chiefly because of his influence on Eusebius, on all the later writers of Church history among the Fathers, and on the whole Greek school of chroniclers. This volume contains the following works: I.-The Epistle to Aristides. II.-Narrative of Events Happening in Persia on the Birth of Christ III.-The Extant Fragments of the Five Books of the Chronography of Julius Africanus. On the Mythical Chronology of the Egyptians and Chaldeans. On the Deluge. Of Abraham. Of Abraham and Lot. Of the Patriarch Jacob. On the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. On the Fortunes of Hyrcanus and Antigonus, and on Herod, Augustus, Antony, and Cleopatra, in Abstract. On the Circumstances Connected with Our Saviour's Passion and His Life-Giving Resurrection. IV.-The Passion of St. Symphorosa and Her Seven Sons.