Second Simplicity: The Inner Shape of Christianity

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  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr
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Bruno Barnhart's new book uncovers the contours of a Christian wisdom and explores the ways that a Christian faith often bound by rule, structure, and order can open itself to the unitive vision at its root.
This book proposes an opening of consciousness beyond thought, of theological vision beyond rational knowledge, and of Christianity beyond the perimeter of church. Bruno Barnhart invites us to move into a fuller experience of Christianity, an experience of wisdom that brings all created reality into unity with God. Therein lies the "second simplicity."

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Silencep. 9
Apophatic Spiritualityp. 12
Unitive Reality, Unitive Experiencep. 16
The Maximum: Meaning of Meaningsp. 19
The Perennial Philosophyp. 21
The Unitive Selfp. 24
Monasticismp. 28
Baptism and Christian Spiritualityp. 30
Unitive Reality in the New Testamentp. 33
One: A Meditationp. 37
The Wordp. 39
Duality: The Human Conditionp. 44
The Word in the Worldp. 45
The Gospel of the Word Incarnatep. 47
Christian Wisdomp. 51
The First Wisdom: Its Container and Shadowp. 55
Institutional Christianityp. 61
The Christ-Quantum and the Dominance of the Westp. 66
The West Todayp. 71
The Critical Period: Shadow and Lightp. 73
Progression in Christianity: Redshiftp. 77
The Gospel of Matthew: Christianity as the New Torahp. 81
Two: A Meditationp. 82
The Musicp. 87
Transition from Two to Three: The New Testamentp. 91
Luke and Acts: The Divine Movementp. 94
The Third Agep. 98
Third Order Emergences Todayp. 101
The Feminine: Human and Divinep. 106
Human Energyp. 114
Divinization and Creativityp. 115
New Creation as Continuing Eventp. 118
The Fire of Historyp. 121
Music and Spiritp. 123
Poetry and Wisdomp. 131
Three: A Meditationp. 135
The Dancep. 141
The Missing Fourthp. 147
Return to the Groundp. 154
The Body of Christp. 161
The Fullness: Mandala and Christ-Mysteryp. 167
Contemporary Encounters at the Frontier of Fourp. 174
Workp. 175
Mark's Gospel and the Cruciform Christ-Mysteryp. 182
Eucharist and Omegap. 187
The Unity of Four: Sophiap. 198
Four: A Meditationp. 206
Epiloguep. 209
From Old to New: Glossary of Termsp. 215
Quaternity, Mandalap. 221
The Christian Mandala and Its Variantsp. 227
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 255
Abbreviationsp. 267
Index of Authorsp. 270
Index of Subjectsp. 273
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