By Huston Smith, James S. Cutsinger
A new anthology of the paintings of Frithjof Schuon that comes with philosophical writings besides a collection of his poems, artistic endeavors, and unpublished items from his own papers.
Frithjof Schuon (1907–1998), the best determine within the perennialist institution of comparative non secular inspiration, is still essentially the most provocative voices on faith. Bridging the divide among seeker and student, Schuon demanding situations the existing proposal that faith could be studied with agnostic neutrality. He speaks to people who are searching for higher interfaith figuring out and a deeper penetration to the esoteric center of particular traditions, whereas turning the tables on an more and more noisy refrain of skeptics.
In Splendor of the real, James S. Cutsinger selects crucial writings that mirror the complete diversity of Schuon’s notion on faith and culture, metaphysics and epistemology, human nature and future, sacred artwork and symbolism, and spirituality and contemplative technique. as well as Schuon’s essays, the e-book incorporates a variety of poems, works of art, and formerly unpublished fabrics drawn from his letters, own memoirs, and personal texts for disciples. An introductory bankruptcy presents a cautious exam of Schuon as perennial thinker, Sufi shaykh, and instructor of gnosis.
“Professor Cutsinger’s reader presents a entire advent to the instructing of Frithjof Schuon, the most wide-ranging and lastingly influential non secular thinkers of the previous century. Of specific curiosity is the shut recognition to essays revealing Schuon’s impressive sensitivity to aesthetic, devotional, and different key elements of useful non secular recognition. His illuminating observations in those largely shared components of non secular event are communicated with striking readability and cogency, basically drawing on his personal lifelong job as either artist and non secular consultant. — James Winston Morris, translator of Ostad Elahi’s Knowing the Spirit
“The imaginative and prescient of the common metaphysician, shaykh, and poet Frithjof Schuon is ultimately available to the English-speaking reader during this striking choice of his writings. the major philosopher of the perennialist university, Schuon insisted at the cohesion of God, arguing that this divine Absolute unearths itself completely within the orthodox kind of all the world’s nice religions. His uncompromising rejection of relativism has made him a cult determine for a few and a pariah for others, together with many within the educational examine of religion.
“Splendor of the True deals a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of this primordial twentieth-century philosopher by means of a brave student, our generation’s prime Schuon professional. James Cutsinger attracts on a long time of communion together with his subject’s many dimensions as a way to display their essence. rigorously chosen throughout a variety of subject matters, insightfully translated from the French and German, and skillfully curated, Schuon’s writings now make their case with unheard of readability. Cutsinger is delicate to Schuon’s ongoing position as lightning-rod; with really apt stability, he indicates why this has been the case; why it might be unfair; and the way Schuon’s philosophy was once born out of the gnosis of lifelong, deep religious perform, marrying center and mind. Cutsinger is ready to interpret Frithjof Schuon to skeptics in addition to to seekers—unafraid, like Schuon himself, to be provocative within the provider of the True.” — Kimberley C. Patton, Harvard Divinity college