If Only We Could See: Mystical Vision and Social Transformation Gary Commins

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Published: January 8th 2016

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554 pages


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If Only We Could See: Mystical Vision and Social Transformation  by  Gary Commins

If Only We Could See: Mystical Vision and Social Transformation by Gary Commins
January 8th 2016 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 554 pages | ISBN: | 8.40 Mb

This analytical, polemical, and personal book creates a lively interaction between mysticism and activism. Looking beyond superficial links between spirituality and justice, it creates an in-depth engagement of mysticism as an inner revolution andMoreThis analytical, polemical, and personal book creates a lively interaction between mysticism and activism.

Looking beyond superficial links between spirituality and justice, it creates an in-depth engagement of mysticism as an inner revolution and activism as a mirroring socioeconomic transfiguration.Based on the twin premises of the mystical tradition and Social Gospel-liberation theology that those who experience God in prayer or engage in social action ought to be our primary theologians, it examines what these two traditions say about theology, to each other, and to us.

The broad synthesis that results from this fascinating dialogue brings new insights into mysticism, activism, theology, and ethics, and casts a unique light on how we pray and live.If Only We Could See brings together a wealth of spiritual material from the early Desert, medieval mystics, and modern spiritual writers alongside an equally rich resource of abolitionists, anti-apartheid activists, civil rights leaders, nonviolent change agents, and peacemakers.

The results yield valuable insights for a theology that challenges every personal and political status quo.Liberation theologians say that where you stand determines what you see. Standing squarely at the intersection of the mystic path and the long road to social change, Gary Commins sees a world transformed by grace, honest struggle, and the power of love. Combining a dazzling array of choice quotations with personal memoir and social commentary, If Only We Could See offers the kaleidoscopic vision of a seasoned pastor, activist, and man of prayer.--Arthur Holder, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality, Graduate Theological UnionGary Commins is an Episcopal priest.

He has served most of his ministry in urban, inclusive, bilingual, and culturally diverse congregations. His other books are Spiritual People, Radical Lives and Becoming Bridges: The Spirit and Practice of Diversity. His sermons and blog posts can be found at www.stlukeslb.org.



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