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The meeting of science and spirit : guidelines for a new age
White, John Warren, 1939-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Paragon House, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxvii, 288 pages ; 24 cm.
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Central Library BP605.N48 W55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

White examines a wide variety of subjects, from neuro~science to the second coming of Christ, with a view to "clarifying, first, what is detrimental or dangerous about them to the noetic process of self-transcendence and, second, what is useful about them for our enlightenment." Suggesting that human beings in the process of `becoming' form the juncture between science and spirit, White divides his collection of essays into these two basic categories. In the "science" half of the book--which includes such topics as UFOs, fire walking, yoga, kundalini, and paranormal phenomena--his discussion focuses on the utility of science for consciousness expansion and evolution. In the "spirit" section--which covers a spectrum ranging from "the meaning of the Christ" to gurus, channeling, and the martial arts--the concern of "human liberation for God-realization" becomes more clear. The discussion of Jesus and the New Testament material would make most NT scholars cringe, and those who value orthodox Christianity would not prize White's analysis of other traditional Christian topics and sources. Yet, for those who are interested in the homo noeticus of the New Age, the book may be a welcome resource. --Sheila McGinn-Moorer

Library Journal Review

Most works on New Age spirituality divorce science from the search for spiritual transcendence, but this collection of essays seeks to incorporate it. It argues, moreover, that humanity is evolving into a new consciousness called homo noetics (from the Greek, noesis, for ``thought'' or ``intelligence'') . Drawing from a variety of both occidental and oriental writings (predominantly male), the essays strip New Age spiritualism of any mysticism, yet fail to offer many practical road maps toward enlightenment. The best essays are on firewalking, kundalini yoga, and karate, with a final section providing a new view of Christ. White's book is recommended for collections that have a large and varied interest in both traditional and nontraditional views of religion.--Gail Wood, Montgomery Coll. Lib., Germantown, Md. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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