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on 12 February 2014
Cynthia Bourgeault has an interesting, thought-provoking and quite radical approach to Christianity which I first came across in her earlier book 'The Wisdom Jesus' (Shambala 2008). But whereas that book was wonderfully readable, clear and direct and well-constructed, this one seems complicated, abstract and poorly organised. Maybe it just wasn't very well edited. In 'The Wisdom Jesus' she sets out a brilliant and succinct interpretation of the Christian Trinity and how she believes this mystery operates, and she manages to make a complex subject both coherent and convincing. This new book attempts to expand those ideas by delving deeper into the esoteric teachings of Gurdjieff (a major influence on her thought) but in doing so it feels to me that she's lost her way - or we readers are likely to lose ours, anyway! Her basic concept of the Trinity as less a static community of three individual Persons and more a dynamic description of how God operates - the Trinity as a verb rather than a noun - seems insightful and valuable, but here it's obscured behind a lot of Gurdjieffian (is there such an adjective?) numerology and quasi-mysticism, much of which comes over as quite batty in my opinion. I am sure there's some important and worthwhile stuff here, which is why I give it three stars, but I just don't think Bourgeault has presented it very well - and maybe she's made the common mistake of taking an analogy too literally and running much too far with it. I have a fair tolerance for far-out ideas but I'm afraid I lost interest quite quickly. Disappointing.
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on 3 August 2015
An excellent book if difficult to fully comprehend at first. Well worth persisting. Cynthia's work has depth and sincerity and makes complete sense for life.
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on 28 January 2016
Excellent book
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on 10 February 2014
I read it avidly. I was introduced to the law of three by J. G. Bennett and, in spite of some scepticism of Christian belief, have long been struck by its possible relevance to the Holy Trinity. How wonderful then, to come across this book. I enjoyed the author's explanations of the law of three to be very helpful. Then her superb outline of the triads of creation is full of excitement. Her argument seems to hold at every level and is thoroughly developed. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to really understand the Trinity. Here it is revealed as an description of how creation works, whether or not you happen to be Christian - and perhaps it is even more important for those whose faith is linked with the Holy Trinity. Indeed, from the perspective of this book, much else of the Christian story makes much better sense. For atheists, I think it is possible to read this book as a study of how creation came about and to see the Holy Trinity as a particular perspective on what is a universal cosmic truth. A wonderful read.
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on 28 August 2014
This attempt to understand the Trinity actually undermines it by virtually dissolving the persons into an abstract process. The only reason the doctrine of the Trinity arose was an attempt to understand how the "person" of Jesus relates to God the Father and the Spirit. Another case of reading the Bible through an alien system; the very thing the author decries!
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on 8 September 2013
Holy Trinity is in keeping with Cynthia's previous research and writing in WISDOM JESUS and DISCOVERING MARY MAGDALEN. Excellent work.
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on 4 April 2015
In a nutshell, esoteric, paganistic nonsense!!!
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