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Hammering Hot Iron: A Spiritual Critique of Bly's Iron John 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1597310437
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Perennis; 2 edition (June 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597310433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597310437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,003,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Upton, born in San Francisco, California in 1948, is a poet (a protégée of the Beats), a veteran of the peace movement and the psychedelic/New Age counterculture, an activist, and a lifelong student of metaphysics and world religion. His entire formal education, from nursery school through high school, was provided by the Catholic Church. He has published four books of poetry and fifteen in the genres of metaphysics, mythopoetic exegesis, spiritual psychology, Islam, Sufism and "metaphysics and social criticism". In the 1980's he participated (as a Christian) in the movement against U.S. intervention in Central America and the church-based sanctuary movement for Central American refugees. In 1988 he entered Islam and joined a Persian Sufi order. Also in the late 80s, he became involved with the "Traditionalist" or "Perennialist" school of writers on comparative religion and traditional metaphysics. In the 1990's he spent two years working with the homeless in Marin County, California, his home for most of his life till he moved with his wife, Jennifer Doane Upton, to Lexington, Kentucky in 2004. In 2010, after the death of his first shaykh, he joined a second Sufi order (Sunni). He is co-editor of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by Dr. John Andrew Morrow [Angelico, 2013], and conceiver of the Covenants Initiative based on it, an international movement of Muslims to protect persecuted Christians.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Gomez on June 7, 2002
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This is a very good book - if you are lucky enough to find a copy and wish to read and think about real questions this book may be for you. I feel very grateful to the author for this work.
Charles Upton challenges Robert Bly's interpretation of the Grimm's fairly tale Iron John, an interpretation which had a strong impact on a generation of confused men looking for answers about what it means to be a man. Upton's critique draws from the perspective of the traditionalist school of writers - notably the French metaphysician Rene Guenon - and presents a profound alternative reading of the fairy tale in which the question of what it means to be a man is eclipsed by the greater question of what it means to be truly human.
Upton writes: '...Bly states that his intention is to talk about male initiation alone. My intention is to try and situate this initiation in its greater context, that of the attainment of the fully human state.'
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