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The Lost Way to the Good: Dionysian Platonism, Shin Buddhism, and the Shared Quest to Reconnect a Divided World Hardcover – November 11, 2021
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The West has lost its way. But which way was it?Disoriented by postmodern relativism and critical theory, many seek refuge in older certainties of religious or political traditions. But many of these paths, author Thomas Plant maintains, are only recent forks off a wider, older road-a way that belongs as much to the East as to the West, and can unite Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and more in pursuit of the truly common Good.
This Way is the nondualistic philosophy of Eastern or "theurgic" Platonism. Claiming Indian and Egyptian roots, it entered medieval European universities through the works of Dionysius the Areopagite. Overshadowed in the West, it continued to thrive in Eastern Christian and Sufi spiritual teachings that spread along the Silk Road, providing thereby a basis for creative dialogue with Taoists and Buddhists. The Lost Way to the Good is a guidebook for a spiritual and metaphysical journey with Dionysius from Athens to Kyoto and the True Pure Land Buddhism of Shinran Shonin. Find out, by perusing its pages, where the West deviated from the track, and how even radically differing religious traditions can nonetheless unite to resist the divisive forces of Western secular modernity.
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"'The West will rediscover its identity and its tradition only in him [Jesus Christ], but will rediscover him only by walking the road we used to share with the East,' declares Fr Tom Plant in this robust, wide-ranging, stimulating call for the retrieval and reinvigoration of the paths of metaphysical exploration broadly described as 'Platonist.' Plant's standpoint is grounded in a firm assent to the Christian faith, as received in the catholic tradition. Unlike many who self-identify as 'traditionalists,' though, his horizon is resolutely, daringly ecumenical in scope. So, the two figures he engages most deeply are the Christian ['Pseudo'] Dionysius the Areopagite, from the Middle East, and the Buddhist Shinran, from Japan; in between, he broaches the possibilities of a similar engagement with Islam. Given such an unusual configuration, Plant's path is likely to prove a solitary one, and certainly it is unfashionable; but those very qualities underline the uniqueness and timeliness of the challenge he presents with such insistence in this passionate appeal. For any caught in the post-truth relativism and fragmentation of contemporary Western culture, Tom Plant will prove an engaging, learned, and persuasive companion and guide."—RT REVD DR MICHAEL IPGRAVE, Bishop of Lichfield
"Thomas Plant has written a timely, profound, and trenchant work. He writes with admirable verve, eloquence, and scholarly precision: this is an important book."—DOUGLAS HEDLEY, Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism
"Reading Tom Plant's The Lost Way to the Good is like drinking from a stream: fresh, clear, thirst-quenching. Fearlessly intellective and urgently engaged, this is an incisive analysis of our contemporary world and an illuminating look at where renewal may be found."—STEPHEN J. BLACKWOOD, founder of Ralston College
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- Publisher : Angelico Press (November 11, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621387917
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621387916
- Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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