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Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor By Joseph Campbell Eugene Kennedy Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo Christian tradition Here Campbell explores common religious symbols reexamining

  • Title: Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
  • Author: Joseph Campbell Eugene Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9781577312024
  • Page: 423
  • Format: cloth
  • Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor By Joseph Campbell Eugene Kennedy Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo Christian tradition Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology According to Campbell, society often confuses the literal and metaphorical interpretatThou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo Christian tradition Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology According to Campbell, society often confuses the literal and metaphorical interpretations of religious stories and symbols In this collection, he eloquently reestablishes these metaphors as a means to enhance spiritual understanding and mystical revelation With characteristic verve, he ranges from rich storytelling to insightful comparative scholarship Included is editor Eugene Kennedy s classic interview with Campbell in The New York Times Magazine, which brought the scholar to the public s attention for the first time.
    Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor By Joseph Campbell Eugene Kennedy

    Tat tvam asi Hinduism Britannica Tat tvam asi, Sanskrit thou art that in Hinduism, the famous expression of the relationship between the individual and the Absolute The statement is frequently repeated in the sixth chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad c bce as the teacher Uddalaka Aruni instructs his son in the nature Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor The Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Campbell, Joseph, Kennedy, Eugene on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor by Joseph Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo Christian tradition Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology. Thou Art That JCF Works Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo Christian tradition Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology. Understanding Thou Art That Sivananda Online Understanding Thou Art That When the Upanishads address you and declare Thou art That, you should be very clear in your mind what the term Thou implies Then alone, when this is grasped with clarity and subtle receptivity, can you truly and immediately understand what That connotes and how this relationship of oneness is possible. Thou Art That Quotes by Joseph Campbell Preview Thou Art That by Joseph Campbell Thou Art That Quotes Showing of Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts And the other half contends that they are not facts at all.

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    1. Mike on said:

      The wise men who bowed down before the baby Jesus as he lay in the manger they were Magi I knew that What I didn t know is that Magi were the priests of the God Mithras, and for three centuries Mithras was Christianity s main competitor The wise men s presence at the nativity scene is a symbolic representation of the new religion superseding the old This is why reading Joseph Campbell is so revelatory Who better to put religion into context than a comparative mythologist who is himself a visiona [...]

    2. Ian on said:

      Interested in exploring some of the Biblical symbols of the Judeo Christian faith, I picked up this book with high expectations No doubt, this book has helped me wrestle with my faith since picking it up However, this book suffers from many shortcomings that, by the middle portion of the book, almost made me put it down First, while the language was not complex, the sentence structure and lack of adherence to grammatical rules made the text unwieldy My understanding is that much of this book is [...]

    3. Ci on said:

      This book is my first exposure to Joseph Campbell s work I know little of mythology, and even less on comparative religion study, thus this book serves a very valuable introduction to a vast realm of scholarship and writings Here are a few notes for my own edification What Myths Do page 2 onward Four functions C est la vie, presentation of a order of the cosmos, validate and support a specific moral and social order, carry individuals through the various stages in life with integrity The C est l [...]

    4. Lynda on said:

      I was reading this book when my father was diagnosed with his lung cancer Talk about literary serendipities It s a gentle, Campbellian consideration of cultural assumptions and how they shape our overall thinking It s a really lovely read.

    5. g026r on said:

      Campbell has an unfortunate habit of painting with too broad a brush, glossing over the important differences in order to accentuate otherwise minor similarities That trait, along with his unfortunate occasional trips into New Age ish theories and terminology at one ment, his obsession with numerology and making the mistake he berates others for taking something literally when it s metaphorical in this case his discussion of 40 years days etc as actually being 40 instead of just a way of signif [...]

    6. Jordan on said:

      This is an excellent book and a fast read for anyone wanting to introduce themselves to the work of Joseph Campbell Though the focus of the book is on the symbology and mythology inherent in the Christian Bible, the text still provides us with a nice sense of the most overarching and central message of Campbell s life s work namely, that when viewed correctly through the lens of mythology, all religions of the world point to the same, unending and ever present mystery of being that is alive with [...]

    7. Nastaran on said:

      I believe in Campbell with my blood and flesh he understood the power of myth so well

    8. Stephanie on said:

      I had high expectations of Joseph Campbell, as the modern man who popularized mythological study These were mostly met in this book Although, as a posthumously published collection of previously uncollected writings and oral transcripts, it did lack a certain unity and flow And though it s probably not the finest introduction to his work, I found it was littered with incredible insights, though with a few miles to walk in between Also, it seems that Campbell s mind is typically about five steps [...]

    9. Jeffrey Howard on said:

      Campbell never disappoints me It is refreshing to be back inside his beautiful, image laden, many layered world This book is a great intro to Joseph Campbell s thought, especially Christian populations Campbell was raised Catholic, but blazed his own path in his twenties The editor reassures that no true believers of any religion will find they faith diminished by reading Joseph Campbell They will rather feel that need not surrender their traditions in order to see deeply into their most sacred [...]

    10. Sean Goh on said:

      This book is very deep Repeated readings recommended.Myth is not falsehood, myth is metaphorical As a vessel of the truth it is far reliable than census and almanac figures, which subject to time as myth is not, are out of date as soon as they are printed.When spiritual rights are demanded on the basis of religious metaphors as facts and geography instead of as symbols of the heart and spirit, a bitterly divided world arises with the inevitability of great tragedy.Compassion has been devalued i [...]

    11. Rebecca Elson on said:

      This review first appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 11 11 13.How sad is this I honestly feel just awful I seriously started this book review over 5 times That s right kids, OVER 5 TIMES I was given a copy of Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor by Joseph Campbell It s collected from previously unpublished work It does what Campbell does best, compares the Judeo Christian faiths similarities and misrepresentations with scholarship that is authoritative, yet a dummy like me can un [...]

    12. Greg Talbot on said:

      Myth, Campbell writes, is how we describe other people s religion And from this preface, begins Campbell s exploration of the religious experience from the participant Campbell establishes strongly that myth is not a falsehood, but simply the internal narrative that an individual gives to their interpretation of the religious symbols and narrative.Campbell explores this as a western way of thought The Abrahamic religions are uniquely about a relationship between the person and God An unlike the [...]

    13. Don on said:

      It made me reflect that half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts And the other half contends that they are not facts cat all As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies If the word god means anything, it must mean nothing God is not a fact A fact is an object in the field [...]

    14. Clair on said:

      Mythologist Joseph Campbell discusses the aspects of myths throughout the religions of the world, and then focuses on the Biblical myths, contrasting them with their eastern counterparts, and demonstrating that all religions tap into the same patterns of myth One of the pitfalls of western religion is it s attempt to define and therefore limit the potential of God, and define the meanings of ritual and myths By doing so, the potential spiritual power of individual encounter with myths is lessene [...]

    15. David Melbie on said:

      This is an awesome little book I had already been an avid admirer of Campbell s work when the Joseph Campbell Foundation began to publish the complete works series, of which this is the first I eagerly awaited each publication and read them quickly But, just like any other collection of Joe s scholastic writings, this one can be read again and again.This was my third reading the first two were back when it was first published in 2001 and I chewed this time This concept of You Are It is the basi [...]

    16. Lily on said:

      Lost entry when tried to correct edition Pleasurable reading, albeit difficult and obtuse at time i.e one of those books where you sometimes stop and ask does that pretty sequence of words have meaning Appreciated Campbell s definitions of myth and statements regarding the uses of myths Several sections looked at Christian symbols and their analogous appearances in other religions and literature Campbell s preferences as a particular type of Catholic became obvious, i.e not in agreement with a n [...]

    17. Greg Metcalf on said:

      Reading Joseph Campbell makes me feel what I think others refer to as spiritually healthy Rather than review it, I m going to quote a couple of passages that got me on this my second read through of this book I m sure last time it was other portions that got me At a certain age, a certain kind of music interests you and captures your imagination, your internal self, and you participate in it Then that drops off and another order of music comes in Art is talking to what is possible within you A s [...]

    18. Serena Jade on said:

      THOU ART THAT WHEN THE EGO AND SOUL MERGE YOU ARE IT Thou Art That is an excellent book by one of the greatest Joseph Campbell.In this book Mr Campbell explains, Half of the people in the world think the metaphors of their religious traditions are facts And the other half contends that they are not facts at all As a result, we have people who consider themselves believers and the other half atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies As Mr Campbell states, The final sense of a relig [...]

    19. Jason on said:

      Campbell makes some important points about the importance of interpreting myths as mythology and not history He also notes some important recurring themes in different world religions.However, he falls victim to some lazy syncretism here No, not all religious mysticism is the same There s still a pretty big difference between Teresa Avila, the Upanishads and the Kabbalah Moreover, he performs some Dan Brown levels of coincidence herding He jumbles numbers in an attempt to prove the number 432,00 [...]

    20. Cyrus on said:

      I was very intrigued into the insights of Mr Campbell from his interview with Bill Moyers, called the Power of Myth From that interview it was almost trans formative and transcending to say the least listening to Mr Campbell dissect and intertwine religious allegories from all cultures I almost felt like it was what I needed at the time of my spiritual sojourn , putting it into perspective The book is a good read and dives into topics such as Notions of God, Understanding Symbols of Judeo Chris [...]

    21. Alford Wayman on said:

      An captivating little text put out by the Joseph Campbell Foundation As always Campbell discusses how myth influences society, but that at times we confuse the symbols and meanings This was a refreshing read The problem for and the function of religion in this age is to awaken the heart When the clergy do not or cannot awaken the heart, that tells us that they are unable to interpret the symbols through which they are supposed to enlighten and spiritually nourish their people Joseph Campbell, Th [...]

    22. Lorien on said:

      It was one of the most important books I ve read to make me become who am I today I was with 20 or 21 years old, and tons of desilusions about religion, and I really desliked Christianity this time This made me realise why I didn t feel comfortable with it and it was very important to me to find my path trough spirituality I always recomend this book to my friends interested in myths and religion, sometimes lending my own book full of my notes, and I think it s a good introduction to Campbell s [...]

    23. Sam Eccleston on said:

      Campbell presents a lot of interesting ideas about the nature of religious symbolism and the original intentions of the authors of religious texts, but this work suffers from a lack of actual argumentation backing up the claims made Additionally, on occasion some of the connections drawn between different mythological systems and themes seem hasty and under justified Nevertheless, this work is worth reading.

    24. Price on said:

      What can I say that hasn t been said thoroughly and proficiently regarding Joseph Campbell s work His august works and thoughts show a path to each reader that is then free to pursue In short, myth and mythology are not lies We do neither justice if perceived in that light Face the myths and reflect Look for the deeper truths Nothing , nothing lessd that as they say, is that.

    25. John on said:

      Joseph Campbell s lectures and miscellaneous writings were culled after his death for this series of books Repetition is inevitable in a book like this, but I appreciated the effort that went into it Among other things,I never will look at the manger scene in the same way again Seeing the symbols of the Judeo Christian mythology in a fresh way is very helpful for those of us who were raised in Western religions.

    26. Jo on said:

      While I really liked a lot of the ideas Campbell poses in this book, I often felt that his presentation of the ideas was rather convoluted and unclear Also, neither he nor his editor know how to use commas But if you think you can untangle the linguistic knots and deal with the free association feel of the writing, while tolerating comma misuse, the concepts presented are well worth the effort.

    27. John Fredrickson on said:

      This is an excellent book for those who struggle with current interpretive notions of God and holy books Campbell debunks many of the current and past tendencies to view our various holy books as historically indicative rather than being works in which the ineffable is spoken to indirectly through metaphor I enjoyed his treatment of many of the biblical themes virgin birth, the Garden of Eden, the serpent, etc.

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