Omnium Gatherum: February 11, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for February 11, 2019

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  • Tweet by WOOD TV8, images by Andrew Sietsema

  • How To Talk To Cult Recruiters by Telltale; about Steven Hassan’s Combatting Cult Mind Control

    “What kinds of questions should you ask a cult recruiter?”

  • Tony Blair, Jonathan Ashworth & Liz Truss” — Sophy Ridge, Sky News

    Listen to “Tony Blair, Jonathan Ashworth & Liz Truss” on Spreaker.

    “I’m interested in whether it’s possible to reconcile faith with the modern world. Now, I think it is, but not on the basis of a religion that is doctrinal or exclusivist. … I think religion has no future unless it understands that it’s got to be rooted in the modern world. And, the risk is, you know … Faith operates in two ways in the world today. One is as a source of compassion and a stimulus for progress and humanity; and the other is ‘This is my faith and if you’re not like me, you’re my enemy.'”

  • Abuse of Faith. 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms” — Robert Downen, Lise Olsen, and John Tedesco, Houston Chronicle

    “‘Listen to what God has to say,’ she said, according to audio of the meeting, which she recorded. ‘… All that evil needs is for good to do nothing. … Please help me and others that will be hurt.’

    Days later, Southern Baptist leaders rejected nearly every proposed reform.

    The abusers haven’t stopped. They’ve hurt hundreds more.”

  • Jung, Buddhism, and the Incarnation of Sophia: Unpublished Writings from the Philosopher of the Soul by Henry Corbin, from Inner Traditions

    Corbin Jung Buddhism and the Incarnation of Sophia

    “Examines the work of Carl Jung in relation to Eastern religion, the wisdom teachings of the Sophia, Sufi mysticism, and visionary spirituality

    • Reveals the spiritual values underlying the psychoanalytic theories of Carl Jung

    • Explores the role of the Gnostic Sophia with respect to Jung’s most controversial essay, “Answer to Job”

    • Presents new revelations about Sufi mysticism and its relationship to esoteric Buddhist practices

    • Shows how the underlying spiritual traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity mesh with the spiritual teachings of Buddhism

    Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was one of the most important French philosophers and orientalists of the 20th century. In this collection of previously unpublished writings, Corbin examines the work of Carl Jung in relationship to the deep spiritual traditions of Eastern religion, the esoteric wisdom teachings of Sophia, the transformational symbolism of alchemy, and Sufi mysticism.

    Looking at the many methods of inner exploration in the East, including the path of the Sufi and Taoist alchemy, Corbin reveals how the modern Western world does not have its own equivalent except in psychotherapy. Expanding Jung’s findings in light of his own studies of Gnostic and esoteric Islamic traditions, he offers a unique insight into the spiritual values underlying Jung’s psychoanalytic theories. Corbin analyzes Jung’s works on Buddhism, providing his own understanding of the tradition and its relationship to Sufi mysticism, and explores the role of the Gnostic Sophia with respect to Jung’s most controversial essay, “Answer to Job.” He also studies the rapport between the Gnostic wisdom of Sophia and Buddhist teachings as well as examining Sophia through the lens of Jewish mysticism.

    Explaining how Islamic fundamentalists have turned their back on the mystic traditions of Sufism, Corbin reveals how totalitarianism of all kinds threatens the transformative power of the imagination and the transcendent reality of the individual soul. He shows how the underlying spiritual traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity mesh with the spiritual teachings of Buddhism and reinforce the unity of the esoteric teachings of the world’s great religions. Comparing the imaginal realm with Jung’s archetypal field, he shows how we could transform the world by spiritualizing Jung’s methods, enabling us to transcend duality and make the created world divine.”

  • How Tucker Carlson Saved My Life. The conservative icon got me to throw my weed out the window.” — Mitch Horowitz, Medium

    “Familiar expressions become incredibly powerful through application — and only through application.

    Next time you hear something that sounds so simple it could fit on a refrigerator magnet, take a pause. Listen again. Sometimes things may seem obvious or like truisms because they are true — so much so that we are alienated from their depth, and we do not try them. Trying a piece of basic, actionable advice can be the greatest thing that ever happens to you.”

  • Flatland: New images reveal Ultima Thule’s shape is a ‘scientific puzzle’” — Michael Irving, New Atlas; from the I-Found-Your-Flat-Earth dept.

    Irving New Atlas Flatland Ultima Thule

    “New images snapped as the probe sped away from the object show that Ultima Thule is more like a flat ‘pancake’ stuck to a ‘dented walnut,’ leaving astronomers puzzled as to how such a shape is even possible.”