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The Modern Christian Mystic

This book presents a complete reframing of Christianity as an experiential rather than dogmatic approach to the presence of Christ. It includes the Logos dimension of Christ, meaning Christ as the source and sustainer of the cosmos, the Earth, the life community, and global culture. As such, it is a "unitive" approach to Christ. This means that Christianity is understood to be a mystical participation with global culture, and with the ecological realities of the Earth. Christianity thus joins hands with Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, in a unitive oneness with all that is. The opening chapters of the book focus on the presence of God permeating and organizing the beginning of existence, in the form of consciousness giving birth to energy, and then the material reality of the universe.The cosmos itself is understood as the sacrament of God, the Earth as the sacrament of the cosmos, the life community as the sacrament of the Earth, and global culture as the sacrament of life. Christianity absorbs the mystical influence of Eastern spiritualities, especially the Hindu/Buddhist view, and the Taoist/Confucian view. The book develops the thesis that, in the third century, St. Augustine introduced the "pagan" Plato into Christian philosophy and theology. In the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas did the same thing with the "pagan" philosophy of Aristotle. This book holds that, similarly, in the modern age, the "non-theistic" philosophy of Buddhism especially but also of Taoism and Hinduism hold the key to a revivified mystical practice, making Christianity once again experiential rather than dogmatic.
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Albert J. LaChance, Ph.D., LADC, CAS, has written and spoken widely on the subjects of psychology, addiction, spirituality, and ecology. Since 1990, he has run Greenspirit: The Center for Counseling and Consciousness, in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he has counseled individuals, families, and groups, and has consulted organizations regarding interpersonal dynamics. Prior to this, he spent five years working with Thomas Berry at his Riverdale Center for Religious Research. Dr. LaChance is an American Academy certified Addiction Specialist in the areas of sex addiction and chemical dependency. He is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and a licensed addiction counselor in the state of New Hampshire. A knowledgeable and skilled instructor, Dr. LaChance speaks nationally for Cross Country University, and has taught world religions from the high school to the university level. He has been widely interviewed on television and radio and in newspapers and magazines. Dr. LaChance has contributed to several books and recently authored The Architecture of the Soul: A Unitive Model of the Human Person and Cultural Addiction: The Greenspirit Guide to Recovery, which includes a foreword by Thomas Berry. Dr. LaChance holds a bachelor's degree in art history and literature from the University of New Hampshire, a master's in psychology and spirituality from Holy Names College, and a doctorate in integral psychology from Union University. He is married and lives with his wife in New Boston, NH. They have two grown daughters.


"The Modern Christian Mystic: Finding the Unitive Presence of God" by Albert LaChance reframes Christianity as an eexperiential rather than dogmatic approach to Christ" - Publishers Weekly

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