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The Spiritual Quest By Robert M. Torrance

The Spiritual Quest
by Robert M. Torrance

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A study which argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic and social nature. Drawing on tribal religions and practices and from theorists and thinkers, the author seeks to expand our awareness of this complex human activity.
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The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science by Robert M. Torrance

Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. The quest is not, as most have believed, a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of our most basic human impulses. Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world. Yet Torrance is not trying to reduce the quest to an "archetype" or "monomyth." Instead, he presents the full diversity of the quest in the myths and religious practices of tribal peoples throughout the world, from Oceania to India, Africa, Siberia, and especially the Americas. In theorizing about the quest, Torrance draws on thinkers as diverse as Bergson and Piaget, van Gennep and Turner, Pierce and Popper, Freud, Darwin, and Chomsky. This is a book that will expand our knowledge--and awareness--of a fundamental human activity in all its fascinating complexity.

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The Spiritual Quest Reviews


"Torrance illuminates the human search for the transcendent in tribal religion and 20th-century thought. . . . Torrance's book is remarkable for the wealth of fascinating detail drawn from so many cultures."--"Kirkus Reviews

About Robert M. Torrance


Robert M. Torrance is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis.

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GOR005594683
The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science by Robert M. Torrance
Robert M. Torrance
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
1997-09-04
330
0520211596
9780520211599
N/A
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