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Shadow of the Third Century

Shadow of the Third Century

Author: Alvin Boyd Kuhn

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781789123449

Category: Religion

Page: 547

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Shadow of the Third Century: A Revaluation of Christianity, first published in 1949, begins with the assertions that a true history of Christianity has never before been written and that the roots of the Christian religion lie in earlier religions and philosophies of the ancient world. The author, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, asserts that Christianity as we know it took the form it did due to a degeneration of knowledge rather than to an energization produced by a new release of light and truth into the world. In the ancient world, knowledge was commonly passed down by esoteric traditions, its inner meaning known only to the initiated. The Gospels, according to Kuhn, should therefore be understood as symbolic narratives rather than as history. Sacred scriptures are always written in a language of myth and symbol, and the Christian religion threw away and lost their true meaning when it mistranslated this language into alleged history instead of reading it as spiritual allegory. This literalism necessarily led to a religion antagonistic toward philosophy. Moreover, it produced a religion that failed to recognize its continuity with, and debt to, earlier esoteric schools. As evidence of this, Kuhn finds that many of the gospel stories and sayings have parallels in earlier works, in particular those of Egypt and Greece. The transformation of Jesus’ followers into Pauline Christians drew on these sources. Moreover, the misunderstanding of true Christianity led to the excesses of misguided asceticism. Overall, the book seeks to serve as a “clarion call to the modern world to return to the primitive Christianity which the founder of Christian theology, Augustine, proclaimed had been the true religion of all humanity.” With its many citations from earlier works, Shadow of the Third Century also serves as a bibliographic introduction to alternative histories of Christianity.

Secrets of the Light

Secrets of the Light

Author: Flora Paul

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595196708

Category: Religion

Page: 150

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Secrets of the Light: > Provides the Bible student with fresh insight into the many levels of truth encoded in the Bible. > Provides the Biblical scholar with an abundance of references on Bible interpretation. > Provides everyone with an understanding of how “light” has been used in the Bible as a metaphor to pass wisdom down through generations who have often not understood its deeper meaning. In Secrets of the Light, author Flora E. Paul first relates how her own evolution of religious understanding brought greater personal peace and fulfillment. She then explores the meaning she has discovered hidden in plain sight within the symbolism used by the Bible. She explains how the same profound truths are being provided to us through many different sources. Secrets of the Light also provides an introduction to Theosophy, an ancient blending of science and religion that gained wide attention early this century as the controversial Madame Blavatsky promoted it around the world. As one of few books examining Theosophy that is not published by the Theosophical Society, it speaks truthfully about differing biblical interpretations within the movement and how they compare with both modern scientific fact and mainstream Christian teachings.

The Visual World of Shadows

The Visual World of Shadows

Author: Roberto Casati

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262039581

Category: Science

Page: 408

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How the perception of shadows, studied by vision scientists and visual artists, reveals the inner workings of the visual system. In The Visual World of Shadows, Roberto Casati and Patrick Cavanagh examine how the perception of shadows, as studied by vision scientists and visual artists, reveals the inner workings of the visual system. Shadows are at once a massive problem for vision—which must distinguish them from objects or material features of objects—and a resource, signaling the presence, location, shape, and size of objects. Casati and Cavanagh draw up an inventory of information retrievable from shadows, showing their amazing variety. They present an overview of the visual system, distinguishing between measurement and inference. They discuss the shadow mission, the work done by the visual brain to parse, and perhaps discard, the information from shadows; shadow ownership, the association of a shadow with the object that casts it; shadow labeling, the visual system's ability to tell shadows from nonshadows; and the shadow concept, our knowledge about shadows as a category. Casati and Cavanagh then apply the theoretical apparatus they have developed for shadows to other phenomena: illumination, reflection, and transparency. Finally, they examine the art of the shadow, paying tribute to artists' exploration of shadow, analyzing a series of artworks (reproduced in color) from a rich and fascinating art historical corpus.

In the Shadow of the Han

In the Shadow of the Han

Author: Charles Holcombe

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824815920

Category: History

Page: 260

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Falling between the great unified empires of the Han and T'ang, the Period of Division (A.D. 220-589) is one of the most overlooked and least understood eras in Chinese history. At the start of the fourth century much of China's traditional heartland fell under the control of ethnic non-Chinese. The remnants of the Chinese court fled to the still somewhat exotic region south of the Yangtze River, where an Eastern Chin dynasty (318-420) was established in virtual exile. The state's ability to command population and other resources had declined sharply from the heights of Han imperial splendor, but it retained considerable influence over most aspects of society, including the economy. This residual state power made possible the rise, through the monopolization of government office, of a new elite class - the literati, or shih-ta-fu. In this groundbreaking history, Charles Holcombe examines the conditions that produced the literati and shaped their activities during the first of the Southern dynasties, with particular attention to the life and thought of the fourth-century monk Chih Tun (314-366). The security of the literati's positions in the state, as well as the cooptation process through which they rose to office, encouraged them to neglect the details of actual administrative service and concentrate instead upon peer recognition through the refinement of social graces and through literary, artistic, and philosophical achievements. While the empire hung poised on the brink of ruin, fourth-century literati engaged in round after round of abstruse discussion concerning the ultimate meaning of existence. Their seemingly impractical dalliances blossomed, however, into an age of intellectual and cultural creativity second only to the Warring States period of the late classical era. The Southern dynasties even witnessed significant commercialization and economic growth. Far from the dark ages that their political disunity might imply, China's Southern dynasties reveal themselves to have been great eras of an unexpected kind. In the Shadow of the Han explores some of the implications of this distinctive Southern dynasty culture.

Tom Harpur 4-Book Bundle

Tom Harpur 4-Book Bundle

Author: Tom Harpur

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459728356

Category: Religion

Page: 1176

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This special bundle of titles collects four essential books by renowned religious writer and columnist Tom Harpur, designed to provoke thought and to provide spiritual comfort.

Chinese Shadow Theatre

Chinese Shadow Theatre

Author: Fan-Pen Li Chen

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773531970

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 367

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In her study of Chinese shadow theatre Fan-Pen Li Chen documents and corrects misconceptions about this once-popular art form. She argues how a traditional folk theatre reflected and subverted Chinese popular culture.

An Introduction to Chinese Literature

An Introduction to Chinese Literature

Author: Liu Wu-Chi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313267030

Category: History

Page: 366

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This book contains "best practices" of community quality-of-life indicator systems implemented in various communities throughout the world. The cases in this volume describe communities that have launched their own community indicators programs. Elements that are included in the descriptions are the history of the community indicators work within the target region, the planning of community indicators, the actual indicators that were selected, the data collection process, the reporting of the results, and the use of the indicators to guide community development decisions and public policy.

Shadow-Makers

Shadow-Makers

Author: Stephen Kite

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472588111

Category: Architecture

Page: 360

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The making of shadows is an act as old as architecture itself. From the gloom of the medieval hearth through to the masterworks of modernism, shadows have been an essential yet neglected presence in architectural history. Shadow-Makers tells for the first time the history of shadows in architecture. It weaves together a rich narrative – combining close readings of significant buildings both ancient and modern with architectural theory and art history – to reveal the key places and moments where shadows shaped architecture in distinctive and dynamic ways. It shows how shadows are used as an architectural instrument of form, composition, and visual effect, while also exploring the deeper cultural context – tracing differing conceptions of their meaning and symbolism, whether as places of refuge, devotion, terror, occult practice, sublime experience or as metaphors of the unconscious. Within a chronological framework encompassing medieval, baroque, enlightenment, sublime, picturesque, and modernist movements, a wide range of topics are explored, from Hawksmoor's London churches, Japanese temple complexes and the shade-patterns of Islamic cities, to Ruskin in Venice and Aldo Rossi and Louis Kahn in the 20th century. This beautifully-illustrated study seeks to understand the work of these shadow-makers through their drawings, their writings, and through the masterpieces they built.

Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master

Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master

Author: Glenn J. Morris

Publisher: Frog Books

ISBN: 9781883319298

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 419

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Glenn Morris examines the fabulous Togakure Ryu in ninth century Japan and moves to present day applications of the ancient skills the stealthy ninja must apply to living in the modern world. Mr. Morris' fans will not be disappointed with the riches offered here: secrets of balance and alignment; seeing with the minds and eyes of gods and spirits; energy applications of qi for healing, warfare and sexual fulfillment; the care and feeding of Bujin, protective spirits; and cross-cultural comparisons of shamans, saints and masters of Budo and Bugei.