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ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Francis of Assisi, Part 2

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Francis of Assisi, Part 2

Detail of Francis from the fresco "St. Francis Preaches to the Birds" painted on the west side of the nave of the lower basilica in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.   News of disturbances among the friars in Italy reached Francis in the East and compelled him to return: The two vicars-general whom Francis had left in charge of the [...]

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Francis of Assisi, Part 1

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Francis of Assisi, Part 1

Detail of Francis from the fresco "St. Francis Preaches to the Birds" painted on the west side of the nave of the lower basilica in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.   All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made, And first my lord Brother Sun, Who brings the day; and light you give us through him. How beautiful [...]

ADVOCATES FOR HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Joseph Campbell

ADVOCATES FOR HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell   God is a metaphor for a mystery that absolutely transcends all categories of human thought. . . . It’s as simple as that. —Joseph Campbell, in an interview with Gary Abrams of the Los Angeles Times   Joseph Campbell was born on March 26, 1904, into a staunch Roman Catholic family and enjoyed an [...]

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Robert Henry Charles

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Robert Henry Charles

What the Divine plan of his life is, man can only learn as he advances faithfully and adventurously along the path which is marked out for him by God, and which he can never be at a loss to know, if he but seeks to know it. But since the path is of God's devising and not man's, it follows that it must be one of high adventure, and one that is [...]

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Jacquetta Hawkes

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Jacquetta Hawkes

     It seems that a new religion must exalt the Sun of Life more successfully than Christianity has ever succeeded in doing. . . . Akhenaten in his gardens by the Nile had a vision of what might be, but it was too soon. If we cannot move nearer to this vision now, it will be too late. . . .       Meanwhile the sun shines upon us all in [...]

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Theodor Herzl Gaster

ADVOCATES OF HUMAN SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: Theodor Herzl Gaster

Theodor Gaster. ARCHIVE PHOTO Even if the Torah be correctly expounded by prophet and teacher, men, it was held, can and will receive it only if they be correctly attuned. And that attunement comes—if we may mix the metaphor—through inner "enlightenment." . . . The acquisition of that light, however, was not attributed to any sudden, [...]

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 2

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 2

*   *   * A bust of Virgil from his tomb at Naples, Italy. PHOTO: A. Hunter Wright Both Virgil’s act of creation and the ambivalent act of destruction and recycling performed by the Egyptian populace were acts of remembrance; both were self-serving, and both were accidentally and unconsciously irreverent. Both had borrowed materials [...]

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 1

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 1

A bust of Virgil from his tomb at Naples, Italy. PHOTO: A. Hunter Wright Late in the year 40 BCE, the young Roman poet Virgil composed a poem to celebrate his patron Pollios on the latter's ascension to consulship. The poem has come down to us as Virgil's Fourth Eclogue. In it the poet praises Pollios in his praise of the blossoming promise of [...]

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE: On the Tendency of Humans Towards Spiritual Being, Part 6B

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE: On the Tendency of Humans Towards Spiritual Being, Part 6B

Wallace’s striking example of a species that perpetuates itself abundantly without large broods requires some historical emendation and, in my view, expansion. The corollary of Wallace’s theory states that a constant supply of wholesome food is almost (a fateful qualifier) the sole condition requisite for ensuring the increase of any species. [...]

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE: On the Tendency of Humans Toward Spiritual Being, Part 6A

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE: On the Tendency of Humans Toward Spiritual Being, Part 6A

First Corollary to the General Theory of Natural Selection Applied to the Spiritual Variety of Homo sapiens sapiens 1 It is a corollary of Wallace’s Theory of Natural Selection 2 that the procuring of a constant supply of wholesome food is almost the sole condition requisite for ensuring the increase of a given species. The statement of this [...]

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