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2012 and the “Counterculture”

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Friend and 2012 colleague John Hoopes posted a link over at 2012 Tribe to our book (John is a contributor too), 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse. In response, one Tribalist asks: Not sure how applicable the term “counterculture” is here. Are conservative Armaggedonite Christians countercultural? The current connotation of the word is “new age” and/or […]

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Age and Essentialism

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Kay Baird, who explores the boundaries of women’s sexuality and spirituality over at Raising Persephone, has been kind enough to note some value in my recent JMMS editorial, Both Remedy and Poison: Religious Men and the Future of Peace. Having issues herself with the way the “feminine” is essentialised in literature about women’s sexuality, Baird […]

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Lastest review of Numen, Old Men

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A reasonable review of Numen, Old Men in the British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin (No. 115, 2009, p. 20): This book is an insightful and useful work particularly suited to our emerging postdualist times. In it Gelfer explores the spectrum of ideas related to male spirituality and concludes that most previous views […]

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Joe Perez: outtake

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Further to the previous post about Perez’s article: when I originally wrote Numen, Old Men I included a few thoughts about Perez’s book Soulfully Gay, but they didn’t make the final draft. I really wanted to like Perez’s book, because of the importance of bringing gay (i.e. counterhegemonic) voices to the integral table, but I […]

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2012 Tipping Point

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The above is the view from my hotel in Cancun, Mexico. I was there last week for a 2012 conference. You could be forgiven for thinking that Cancun is a rather unlikely location for a gathering focused on the evolution of human consciousness, and indeed it is. The conference provided an interesting opportunity to meet […]

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2012 book delivered to press

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My 2012 book has now been delivered to Equinox Publishing and should be out some point later this year. The final contents are outlined below. December 21 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people believe this date […]

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Big Flame and Eternal Return

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Fans of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica will be familiar with the concept of eternal return, in which the universe repeats itself with similar concerns. The show’s prophetic mantra is, “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.” This was very much the feeling generated when reading through the very interesting archives of […]