has been a "reconciling third" missing in the old Scripture versus
Tradition argument, and it is personal experience. It was
fully operative anyway, on both sides, but not held accountable or
"educated" on either side. The methodological principle of the Living
School in Albuquerque is this:
as validated by experience, and experience as validated by Tradition,
are good scales for one's spiritual world view." Using
the Judeo-Christian Scriptures as our constant
touchstone, we will see how Scripture strongly represents the
"perennial tradition" and can open people up to "wisdom" if it is read
in a non dualistic ("contemplative") way, which is NOT the way it has
been read since the Reformation and the Enlightenment. This
is the unique spiritual way of knowing (1 Cor. 2:6-16) that has been
discovered by all world religions at the mature levels.
class will take time to describe what we mean by wisdom,
by contemplation, and by this trilateral methodology. Richard Rohr is
also convinced that experience has both an inner (contemplative
mind) and outer level--the outer level is the orthopraxy of
lifestyle, everyday exercises, and spiritual practices. All
of these elements will be the matrix for our study week together, along
with an appreciative/critical look at the "emerging church" phenomenon.
What Others Have Thought:
"I really appreciated how Richard Rohr shared his life experiences. He is a warm, inviting and humble person."
"This course pushed me outside of my intellectual comfort zone and will help me to begin to think in new ways."
students do a theological reflection project that summarizes key insights from the course and readings. They will present some examples of practices or lifestyle changes that they hope to integrate into their life.
Sample Readings From This Course May Include:
Bourgeault, Cynthia. The Wisdom Way of Knowing. Cowley Publications, 2004.
Cousins, Ewert. Christ of the 21st Century. Element, 1992.
Hart, Tobin. From Information to Transformation. Peter Lang, 2011.
Huxley, Aldous. The Perennial Philosophy. Harper, 1941.
Rohr, Richard. Falling Upward: The Two Halves of Life. Jossey-Bass, 2011.
Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now. Crossroad, 2009.
Watts, Alan. Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion. Vintage, 1947.
Wilber, Ken. Integral Spirituality. Shambhala, 2007.
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