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Re:Reviews of The Revelation

May 24, 2006 10:56 AM
by carlosaveline


Really interesting!

Carlos C. Aveline


Data:Wed, 24 May 2006 10:41:57 -0700

Assunto:[Spam] Theos-World Reviews of The Revelation of Saint John

> Although my new book, The Revelation of Saint John (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2006), 
> has just been published, a few reviews are now available.
> Some of you may be familiar with Richard Smoley. He is the author of Inner 
> Christianity, and of Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to 
> the Da Vinci Code. Richard is a "consulting editor" of Parabola Magazine and 
> was the keynote speaker at the Theosophical Society in America's 
> Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference called "Globalization and Spirituality: 
> Creating a Language of Possibility." Regarding my book, Richard stated: "A 
> powerful and indispensable guide for those who want to explore the deepest 
> mysteries of Revelation. Just as importantly, it rescues this holy text from 
> the clutches of insane prophets of doom."
> Here is the "editorial review" given on the Amazon site:
> "The Revelation of St. John, the last book of the canonical Bible, has been 
> a mystery since it first appeared. No other part of the Bible has caused 
> more controversy. Traditional interpretations of the book fall into one of 
> three categories: the major prophecies that are supposed to have been 
> fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.; the historical view 
> that Revelation predicts the course of human events from the founding of 
> Christianity to the end of the world; or the futurist view that Revelation 
> predicts events that will occur at the end of the world.
> It's actually none of the above, writes Zachary F. Lansdowne, a leading 
> expert in the field of spiritual initiation. In the Introduction to this 
> rich and complex interpretation, he writes, "According to its own verses, 
> the Revelation is concerned with the present time, which is whatever time we 
> happen to be reading it, and contains information that we can apply 
> immediately to become blessed."
> This is not a book about "end times" or Armageddon and when it might come. 
> This is a book written entirely in symbols, concealing a path for early 
> Christians, and for the contemporary reader. Lansdowne has applied a unique 
> psychological method of interpretation that takes each symbol as depicting 
> some aspect of human consciousness rather than an eternal event, thus 
> showing that the Revelation is actually a detailed instruction for the 
> spiritual journey-a map to the wakening of higher consciousness. Moreover, 
> while the Revelation appears in the great lineage of Judeo-Christian 
> tradition, Lansdowne shows that its instruction can be appreciated and 
> applied to seekers from any tradition.
> Lansdowne's line-by-line and verse-by-verse interpretation-presented here in 
> an easy-to-read side-by-side format-is a manual for the true seeker who 
> would follow teachings of Jesus as they were and are laid out, rather than 
> as they have been interpreted by theologians and biblical historians. The 
> Revelation of St. John, when unlocked by the key of psychological 
> methodology, is revealed to contain ideas from many diverse wisdom 
> traditions and philosophies-archangels in Judaism, chakras and kundalini in 
> Hinduism, Buddhist mindfulness, the redemptive power of love in 
> Christianity, and absolute standards of comparison in Platonic philosophy. 
> Zachary Lansdowne's revelatory text makes these teachings of the path to 
> true soul initiation available to seekers from every spiritual tradition."
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