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Green Man, Earth Angel: The Prophetic Tradition and the Battle for the Soul of the World (S U N Y Series in Western Esoteric Traditions) Kindle Edition

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Green Man, Earth Angel explores the central role of imagination for understanding the place of humans in the cosmos. Tom Cheetham suggests that lives can only be completely whole if human beings come to recognize that the human and natural worlds are part of a vast living network and that the material and spiritual worlds are deeply interconnected. Central to this reimagining is an examination of the place of language in human life and art and in the worldview that the prophetic religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--presuppose. If human language is experienced only as a subset of a vastly more-than-human whole, then it is not only humans who speak, but also God and the world with all its creatures. If humans' internal poetry and creative imaginations are part of a greater conversation, then language can have the vital power to transform the human soul, and the soul of the world itself.

"...a passionate cry for the reclamation of the imaginal realm denied by the dualistic cosmologies of the Abrahamic religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam ... Green Man, Earth Angel is a very engaging read. Cheetham ... brings ... much-needed attention to the ground-breaking work of Henri Corbin in the field of Sufism and provides throughout ... a learned and cogent exposition of Islamic esoteric thought in the work of Ibn 'Arabi." -- Esoterica

"This book speaks trenchantly to themes that I have returned to time and again in my writings and throws new light on them. It is a very important addition to the ongoing discussion of where we are in human history." -- Huston Smith

"Tom Cheetham has written a remarkable book that has the power of shifting our way of imagining the world ... Cheetham is one of the most courageous thinkers I have ever read ... I hope ... you enter into a study of a work that certainly does not belong to the world of throwaway books. This book requires slow reading, for as you read these living words you are undergoing a transformation. At the end of reading, the world will not be the same." -- from the Foreword by Robert Sardello

"Cheetham gives a very good overview of the many problems of scientific rationalism as they connect to monotheism and Christian teleological thinking. In contrast, he offers a new interpretation of ecology that is aesthetic and soulful, based on the writings of Henry Corbin." -- Lee Irwin, author of Awakening to Spirit: On Life, Illumination, and Being

About the Author

Tom Cheetham has taught human ecology and is the author of The World Turned Inside Out: Henry Corbin and Islamic Mysticism.

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  • File Size: 1733 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (November 4, 2004)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2004
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H9NGL6
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Tom Cheetham is the author of five books on the imagination and the meaning of Henry Corbin's work for the contemporary world. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London and Adjunct Professor of Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lectures regularly in Europe and the US.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. Shelton on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
The works of Tom Cheetham are as world-changing as they are needed. In his first book, "The World Turned Inside Out", he provides the reader with an introductory text to the works of Henry Corbin. In this book - Green Man, Earth Angel- he "explores the central role of imagination for understanding the place of humans in the cosmos". He embarks on these explorations by examining the role of language, the problems of scientific rationalism and through an examination of the worldview of the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

As Dr. Robert Sardello in the foreword says:

"This book requires slow reading, for as you read these living words you are undergoing a transformation. At the end of this reading, the world will not be the same".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marco on June 17, 2012
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Here, I'll add my voice to the other 5-star reviewers, to say how much I've enjoyed this book. I fully agree with Sardello's pronouncement that the reader will feel transformed in the reading. Not many books can claim to do that. There is an unmistakable power flowing through the thought and the words that inform Tom Cheetham's portrayal. It's one of those rare experiences, where, if you are ready for the right influence, here it comes--just flooding through you with page after page of passages that illuminate and clarify a host of formerly unappreciated epiphanies. If it's not quite the right time, then put it down and wait awhile, but don't miss it altogether!

I will look enthusiastically forward to reading his other works, as this is my first excursion into Cheetham's thought and writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on August 10, 2012
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Cheetham writes like an Earth Angel and has done the
literary community a brilliant service with his quartet
on Henry Corbin--bringing to light a French/Islamic scholar/philosopher who
deserves a wider readership. Thankfully there are writers like
Tom Cheetham who distill and synthesize massive tomes down
to their essence. And you feel his humanity, never the
"expert from afar". The writing is intellectual, but not dry or distant--
the text flows like a river-- many tributaries of thought traced to their
source.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Allen on January 31, 2007
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This book of Cheetham's is another success! It is one not to be rushed through, I find myself wanting to jot down many notes & highlight almost everything. Get the book, lock yourself at home for a weekend & emerse yourself in it...you won't be sorry.
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By BurmaShave on July 24, 2014
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