"Kit Constable Maxwell's latest
book offers a fascinating and concise overview of the spiritual
development of the human species.
Beginning with the biological
origins of life itself, he steers us through the development of
mankind's religious aspirations, right through to the latest developments
in depth psychology and the modern day search for spiritual meaning.
Mr Constable Maxwell has an ability to communicate complex and wide-ranging
information with clarity and humour, without diluting the seriousness
of his subject. This is not just a "hitchhiker's guide" to the
history of mankind.
There is an argument which runs throughout his
book, or rather an exhortation to acknowledge the spiritual cross-roads
at which the Western psyche finds itself in the twentieth century:
namely, do we continue to march on in blinkered allegiance to the
doctrine of authority, by which world religions have kept its followers
in line for thousands of years, or do we embrace our new-found freedom
to develop our own inner spirituality?
Mr Maxwell highlights this
crisis facing the modern soul, but he doesn't lecture us. What he
offers us is a distillation of his thorough experience of the different
avenues we might choose to take in our own search to clarify what
we feel about life, about death, and about the soul.
His book challenges
us to question our own spiritual traditions; it encourages us to
explore other spiritual paths with both tolerance and impartiality.
Ultimately it is a book which searches for the truth. Mr Maxwell's
book will outrage those who are unable to allow themselves to join
him in that quest, and be an invaluable help to those who can."
Front Cover - "Of quest and dilemma"
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First Published in 1997 by Turville Publishing
ISBN Number 1 899185 00 3
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