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Entries from October 2007

Review of Anirvan’s To Live Within

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments

In the previous post I cited one of U.G. Krishnamurti’s books (he passed away this year), and his radical criticism of the guru tradition. I also noted that WIE had an advertisement for the republication of Lizelle Reymond’s To Live Within, an out-of-print piece of guru propaganda. So what’s Andrew Cohen doing promoting this book […]

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Tags: Booknotes · New Age

U.G. Krishnamurti–and Sri Anirvan

October 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Picking up on comments on the recent issue of WIE magazine, I notice the announcement that U.G. Krishnamurti passed away this year. A radical critic of guruism in the tradition of the other Krishnamurti (whom he criticized), Krishnamurti was a voice for the times as Westerners attempt to grapple with the tricky phenomenon of gurus. […]

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Tags: Booknotes · New Age

Stark’s Discovering God, the Axial Age and the Eonic effect

October 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Rodney Stark, the author of the much ridiculed ‘Victory of Reason’ (note many of the similar arguments in D’Souza re: Christianity and science, etc), returns with a new book, which I am perusing: Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief (Hardcover) by Rodney Stark

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Tags: religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Hitchens gets it wrong about Buddhism

October 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Hitchens gets it wrong about Buddhism I’ve never really paid much attention to Christopher Hitchens, renowned and reviled critic of all things religious. But when my brother recently brought his anti-Buddhist sentiments to my attention I had to take a closer look. We have commented extensively here on Hitchens and Eastern religion.

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Tags: Science & Religion

James on dangers of scientism

October 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Comment from James On P.Z. Myers and the loudmouth syndrome.

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Tags: Evolution

Andrew Cohen, buddha or shmuck?

October 5th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Enlightenment Blues: My Years With an American Guru (Paperback) by Andre Van Der Braak “>Enlightenment Blues: My Years With an American Guru (Paperback) by Andre Van Der Braak In relation to previous post, Now why would Andrew Cohen hate me?, I should note that I have also just finished reading (finally) Enlightenment Blues, the fascinating […]

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Tags: New Age