This gem-like, concise anthology provides thoughtful people with both an introduction to the paranormal and a reason to take a fresh look at it.
This gem-like, concise anthology provides thoughtful people with both an introduction to the paranormal and a reason to take a fresh look at it. Nostradamus...channeling...Atlantis...divination. Most serious people consider such topics nonsense. But look again. Writing with intellectual verve and a deeply critical mind, religious thinker Richard Smoley explores and reconsiders the supernatural in history and today. We are often conditioned to think of the Judeo-Christian tradition as the only valid, historically accurate, and rational spiritual philosophy. Occultism, magic, and the esoteric are, by contrast, considered illegitimate, delusional, and lacking in intrinsic worth. "Supernatural "challenges this prejudice, revealing that Western occult traditions are richer and more historically impactful than most of us imagine. The book reveals hidden diamonds and neglected ideas that characterize the magical tradition in the West. For any reader, at any level of experience, who has ever been curious about an arcane subject - from psychical powers to secret societies - here is a book that gives a complete yet precise, critical, yet serious, and always respectful account of topics from the unseen world. "Supernatural" is a brilliant primer to the occult and magical traditions of the West.Praise for RICHARD SMOLEY"I have a standing rule: I read anything Richard Smoley writes." —Larry Dossey, M.D."Smoley . . . is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages." —"Library Journal""He is one of the liveliest, most intrepid, and most gifted explorers of the spiritual landscape writing today."—Ptolemy Tompkins, author of "Paradise Fever"
Richard Smoley was educated at Harvard and Oxford universities and was the editor of "Gnosis", the award-winning journal of Western spiritual traditions. He is the co-author (with Jay Kinney) of "Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions", and is the author of "Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition" and "The Essential Nostradamus".
"A fascinating series of brief glimpses into the lives of some of the major players and their ideas and beliefs. Taken as a whole, this short work offers the reader an easy to understand introduction to traditions and ideas that have informed the world for centuries." --Publishers Weekly "I have a standing rule: I read anything Richard Smoley writes." --Larry Dossey, M.D."Smoley . . . is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages." --Library Journal"He is one of the liveliest, most intrepid, and most gifted explorers of the spiritual landscape writing today." --Ptolemy Tompkins, author of Paradise Fever"With scholarly precision, [Smoley] revisits Nostradamus, The Da Vinci Code, Atlantis, Freemasonry, A Course in Miracles, New Thought, and many other famed repositories of "secret wisdom." Fair and clear-eyed, he communicates what his research unearthed in a surprisingly lively style. He speaks honestly to his readers as he recounts, elaborates and debunks. It makes for an intriguing read as well as excellent reference material." --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
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