Friends in High Places: Tracing the Family Tree of New Thought Christianity

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iUniverse, 2004 - 232 pages
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In Friends in High Places, historical theologian Tom Shepherd takes you journeying through time to meet your long-lost relatives of the Western religious heritage. Mystics like Pseudo-Dionysius, John Scotus Erigena, Meister Eckhart and the first Quaker, George Fox. Deep thinkers like Philo Judaeus, Origen of Alexandria and pagan martyr Hypatia. Sunny optimists like Pelagius, who lost his argument with St. Augustine over the goodness of humanity only after the fall of Rome rattled the ancient world and made positive thinking seem positively naïve. Shepherd introduces an impressive entourage of mystics and metaphysical thinkers--to include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Baker Eddy, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Paul Tillich, and Teilhard de Chardin--and gives the reader a taste of their writings. Just a sampler, not a full course meal. You'll find such delight in these brief profiles, you'll come away refreshed and ready to tackle life in the modern world.
 

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Contents

Father of Christian Universalism
12
Brightness of the Divine Darkness
35
Spark of the Soul
54
First Second and Third Force
75
Three Women Prophets
97
Faith for the Future
116
APPENDIX B Friends in High Places Study Guide
139
Notes
153
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