Standing in the Light

Standing in the Light

My Life as A Pantheist

Book - 2008
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"Everything is connected, and the web is holy." So wrote Marcus Aurelius, the starting point of Sharman Apt Russell's wise and haunting new memoir about her life as a pantheist. Perhaps no other religious philosophy is as simple and inclusive as pantheism. What is , right now, is divine; there is no god apart from the universe itself. In Standing in the Light , Russell explores the history of this tradition from the Stoic philosophers to the Transcendentalists while reflecting on her own life during a year spent in the mountains and desert of southwestern New Mexico. A season of banding birds, the migration of sandhill cranes, the panicked charge of a young javelina-nature provides the inspiration for meditations on subjects ranging from Buddhist thought to the death of her father, from the Quaker tradition to the sadness of children leaving home, from global warming to the ineffable loneliness of human experience. With a humane heart, an inquisitive mind, and luminescent prose, Sharman Apt Russell invites skeptics, scientists, and seekers everywhere to join her in her exploration of the soul of pantheism.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780465005178
Characteristics: xiv, 306 p. :,maps ;,22 cm.


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Mar 08, 2016

good. author is not always quite likable, but she covers a lot of ground as far as pantheism goes. and has written a unique book. her other on fasting was full of useful info but not quite as... meaningful or compelling for me.

May 06, 2011

This book is 279 pages & a very tough read starting on page 173 which is a chapter on Walt Whitman.I didn't know Whitman was tarred & feathered by a small town mob after raping some of his students. I didn't want to read any more of the book after learning that.

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