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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453726764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453726761
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,047,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved reading this book - rather meditatively because it is detailed and rich - and letting its hopeful message sink in. --Louisa Gilder, author of The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

"This learned and inspirational book rescues philosophy from the mathematicians, sex from the hedonists, religion from empty sanctimony, and science from barren materialism. A must read." --George Gilder, noted social commentator and author of The Israel Test and Wealth and Poverty

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Morality, as secularists know, does not require a deity. Blind faith, as atheists know, often leads to hatred, violence and war. Taking myth and scripture as literal accounts of history, as scientists know, borders on the nonsensical. If religion is to be credible for modern, educated, sophisticated people, there has to be more. And there is! In LOVE, WISDOM, AND GOD, Dr. Andrew Cort demonstrates that the marvelous stories of Greek Mythology, as well as Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Scripture, are internal, psychological stories. The inner journey of spiritual awakening that they describe is the basis for all the great 'Sacred Quest' legends. In other words, Cort shows us that myth and scripture can be read as practical manuals for spiritual initiation! When this is understood: (1) The underlying unity of all our traditions is revealed. (2) The atheist objection that the stories are irrational becomes irrelevant (even if true!)(3) The justification for religious hatred and war disappears.

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Clearly a work of much thought and research.
Patrick Doucette
Somehow Andrew Cort makes the history of Greek philosophy, Plato and Socrates as interesting as an Indiana Jones thriller!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the knowledge I've walked away from reading it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lilgracielou on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've always been told not to judge a book by its cover and that you could tell a lot about a book by its title and picture. Well in this case only 1/2 that statement is true. I normally shy away from any book that is a reference to religion as I tend to be very unique in my beliefs.

However, I did this review anyway and I am SO glad that I did. I love to learn. I love history. And I love to see the cultures around the world. This book has all of that. Starting with Greece and the Gods in the 6th century and going up through the various paths and turns of society I found myself with tons of knowledge. Some I knew and some was new to me.

This book shows how every myth, fairy tale, and religious story is connected if you open your mind that is. I do not recommend this to people that are not open to see things from others view points. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the knowledge I've walked away from reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ariana R. on July 30, 2012
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This book blew me out of the water because of how unique Cort's approach was- examining spirituality on an atomic level, explaining the orders of states and souls in terms of the physiological, cognitive, and chemical processes involved. This feels fresh because it opens a Pandora's box of legends and philosophies from around the world- Cort muses on Heracleitus, the wisdom of the lamas, Zeus, Socrates and Pandora herself- and arranges them in a harmonious, logical order, accompanied by helpful pictographs that unites spirituality and science. Apparently, the two are not mutually exclusive, and Cort sets forth a convincing premise to that end. I'm still digesting everything, but my favorite sentence in this book is this: "It is a key premise of scientific progress that nothing is outside the arena of our eventual sense-based understanding ' all we have to do is continue adding to our knowledge, increment by increment, and eventually everything that exists will be understood by the rational human brain." That vibrates in me, because the esoteric and abstruse out of spirituality and makes comprehension within reach of every man, as it was intended to be. Cort's explanations of the possibility of multiplicity, levels of being, and pluralism in particular are not to be missed. "To make room for what is real, it is first necessary to empty the mind of fantasy and delusion, and to acknowledge that, as we are, we know nothing," he writes, expounding on Socrates. But after reading this, I finally feel that I know something very profound indeed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kostecke on April 4, 2011
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In "Love, Wisdom, and God: the Longing of the Western Soul," Andrew Cort points out that what the Western soul is longing for is a reawakening, an opening of the "inner eye" to the superior realms above the superficial and meaningless rut that Westerners have become more and more sunk into and - whether aware of it or not - are now stuck. Science - which provides no proof of a transcendental realm - fails to provide spiritual inspiration to many people; and blind faith in traditional religions - which deny their own obvious inconsistencies and errors - fail to retain or attract further adherents. So how does one go about "reawakening the soul," as Cort phrases it?

He proposes the theory that the "soul" exists at a point of juncture between spirit and matter - which can be conceptualized as a triangle whose three sides can be seen when looked at two-dimensionally from above, but when seen along one edge lying flat it has the illusory appearance of non-being due to its one-dimensionality. Just as the example of the triangle - being and not-being due to the point of reference, just as a virtual particle in the quantum realm seemingly appears out of the void and then suddenly dissipates back into the void, - this point of phase transition can be conceived as where and how the "soul" itself exists, consisting both of matter and spirit simultaneously.

In an elaborate analysis, Cort retraces the foundation of Western philosophy - starting with the pre-Socratics - and carefully follows it till the rift between the constant flux of Becoming of Heraclitus and the unchanging permanence of Being of Parmenides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Northcott on October 17, 2012
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Love, Wisdom and God is not my usual type of read, but I found it captivating in its complexity. Oh yes, you have to work at it, it is no easy read, but reading is not really work when the book is as well written as this.

Cort starts with discussions about the Greeks and their perspective on Being, and develops his themes through Socrates ideas about the human soul. He goes on to cover the progress of thinking about "Life, the Universe, and Everything" - if I can quote another totally different and lighter read - the types of reality, and ancient legends, as applied to the human soul and search for meaning. The juxtaposition of myths and the Bible gives an alternate insight into life.

This is not a book that you will skim through, unless you want to miss the point. If you are prepared to think more deeply about your existence, and open to various ways of looking at the world, then it is recommended.
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More About the Author

A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960's, Dr. Andrew Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor's Degree (in English) and Master's in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind's impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. ("Health Education AIDS Liaison") and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment, Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of print)

Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.

In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions -- from the Bible, Plato, the Qur'an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.

Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture. Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along with him.

He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on this site. Also on this site (and on YouTube) are his series of short videos on The Sacred Feminine: Women in the Bible.

Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

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