A Sociable God: Toward a New Understanding of Religion (Paperback)
In one of the first attempts to bring an integral dimension to sociology, Ken Wilber introduces a system of reliable methods by which to make testable judgments of the authenticity of any religious movement. "A Sociable God " is a concise work based on Wilber's "spectrum of consciousness" theory, which views individual and cultural development as an evolutionary continuum. Here he focuses primarily on worldviews (archaic, magic, mythic, mental, psychic, subtle, causal, nondual) and evaluates various cultural and religious movements on a scale ranging from egocentric to ethnocentric to worldcentric to Kosmic. By using this integral view, Wilber hopes, society would be able to discriminate between dangerous cults and authentic spiritual paths. In addition, he points out why these distinctions are crucial in understanding spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness.
In a lengthy new introduction, the author brings the reader up to date on his latest integral thinking and concludes that, for the succinct and elegant way it argues for a sociology of depth, "A Sociable God " remains a clarion call for a greater sociology.
About the Author
Wilbur is one of the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time. His writings have been translated into over twenty foreign languages.
Roger Walsh, M. D., Ph.D. (California) is a professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, and also adjunct professor of religious studies at the University of California at Irvine. His publications include the books" The World of Shamanism" and "Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind". He is also coeditor of the books P"aths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision "and "Gifts From a Course in Miracles".
"A Sociable God is a thought-provoking book that has the potential to stimulate intense discussion about Wilber's theory and transpersonal psychology in general."—Contemporary Psychology: American Psychological Association Review of Books
"A concise, scholarly work."—Branches of Light
"I use Ken Wilber's approach all the time. I think it's the best map of reality we have."—Father Thomas Keating, author of Open Mind, Open Heart