Religion and The Rebel

  • Title: Religion and The Rebel
  • Author: Colin Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780993323065
  • Page: 222
  • Format: ebook
  • Religion and The Rebel Religion and the Rebel Colin Wilson s second volume from his internationally acclaimed Outsider Cycle is a casebook about and for rebels With inspirational wisdom and engaging clarity Wilson shows
    Religion and the Rebel, Colin Wilson s second volume from his internationally acclaimed Outsider Cycle, is a casebook about and for rebels With inspirational wisdom and engaging clarity, Wilson shows us that the purpose of religion, of our personal relationship with the sacred and the all pervading mystery of existence, is to expand our consciousness and intensify our senReligion and the Rebel, Colin Wilson s second volume from his internationally acclaimed Outsider Cycle, is a casebook about and for rebels With inspirational wisdom and engaging clarity, Wilson shows us that the purpose of religion, of our personal relationship with the sacred and the all pervading mystery of existence, is to expand our consciousness and intensify our sense of life Wilson heroically claims that the power to create meaning resides in our mental and spiritual discipline.Examining the lives and works of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Rilke, Shaw, Pascal, Swedenborg, Rimbaud and Scott Fitzgerald, among others, Wilson explores the main existential questions and shows how these remarkable writers, scientists, philosophers and poets faced their need for transcendence Like many of us, they were driven by a need to become than men.Religion and the Rebel is an outstanding and enjoyable book that combines philosophical analysis, historical interest, and religious insight.

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    About Colin Wilson


    1. Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider 1956 which examines the role of the social outsider in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures These include Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William James, T E Lawrence, Vaslav Nijinsky and Vincent Van Gogh and Wilson discusses his perception of Social alienation in their work The book was a best seller and helped popularize existentialism in Britain Critical praise though, was short lived and Wilson was soon widely criticized.Wilson s works after The Outsider focused on positive aspects of human psychology, such as peak experiences and the narrowness of consciousness He admired the humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow and corresponded with him Wilson wrote The War Against Sleep The Philosophy of Gurdjieff on the life, work and philosophy of G I Gurdjieff and an accessible introduction to the Greek Armenian mystic in 1980 He argues throughout his work that the existentialist focus on defeat or nausea is only a partial representation of reality and that there is no particular reason for accepting it Wilson views normal, everyday consciousness buffeted by the moment, as blinkered and argues that it should not be accepted as showing us the truth about reality This blinkering has some evolutionary advantages in that it stops us from being completely immersed in wonder, or in the huge stream of events, and hence unable to act However, to live properly we need to access than this everyday consciousness Wilson believes that our peak experiences of joy and meaningfulness are as real as our experiences of angst and, since we are fully alive at these moments, they are real These experiences can be cultivated through concentration, paying attention, relaxation and certain types of work.


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    1. This was Colin Wilson's second book (following his classic "The Outsider"), and also the second book in his Outsider cycle. In this book Wilson continues his analysis of the Outsider from his previous book, only now he looks to solve the problem of the Outsider, namely, how the Outsider can be saved. He essentially writes that what the human race needs is a new religion, though even he seems aware that this isn't a final answer, as he sums up at one point in the book: "Existentialism begins with [...]

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    2. I read this after reading The Outsider; I bought it in Reigate in a second-hand bookshop in 1968. He gives a lot more autobiographical detail in this book which was slated after all the hype with The Outsider! I even have a TLS review of the times, and I quote: "His formal education had been slight. Having read it [The Outsider] some people thought it mere rubbish. Others feared that overpraise might go to the young man's head. This fear he more than once seemed to justify by making public state [...]

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    3. AN INSPIRING BOOK I LOVE SO MUCH I HAVE TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD.I read Religion and the Rebel many years ago. I came to know about it because I love Marlon Brando and I learned that The Outsider, the first book of the Outsider Cycle by Colin Wilson, was one of his favourites. I liked The Outsider very much but wanting more I searched and found Religion and the Rebel, the book that followed it. When I read it I couldn't understand why this book wasn't even more known than the first. R&R wa [...]

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    4. A remarkably insightful book; that Wilson was only twenty-five when he wrote it, without any formal academic training, makes it even more remarkable. I have a feeling Wilson will make a bit of a comeback in the coming decade.

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    5. A sequel to Wilson's The Outsider, exploring some of the same ideas and extending them. Not quite as strong a book as its predecessor, but still a fascinating and powerful read. If you have a choice, read The Outsider fitst.

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    6. من كتاب سقوط الحضارة / كولن ولسن كنتُ انظر إلى حضارتنا نظرتي إلى شيء رخيص تافه ، باعتبار انها تمثل انحطاط جميع المقاييس العقلية ، ويعكس ذلك فقد لاح لي اللامنتمي الرجل الذي يشعر لاي سبب كان بالوحدة وسط جمع من الذين لا يبلغون منزلته .

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    7. AN INSPIRING BOOK I LOVE SO MUCH I HAVE TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD.I read Religion and the Rebel many years ago. I came to know about it because I love Marlon Brando and I learned that The Outsider, the first book of the Outsider Cycle by Colin Wilson, was one of his favourites. I liked The Outsider very much but wanting more I searched and found Religion and the Rebel, the book that followed it. When I read it I couldn't understand why this book wasn't even more known than the first. R&R wa [...]

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    8. A MUST FOR PASSIONATE THINKERS AND THOSE IN SEARCH FOR MEANING.This book is not about religion in its traditional sense. It doesn’t try to convince us of the existence of God nor defends any particular religion. What it does is to illuminate us about our transcendental dimensions and remind us what it is to be fully alive. The book addresses the existential questions that we as Men have to face and emphasise that religion is nothing more (nor less) than our need for meaning. It is an enjoyable [...]

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    9. A MUST FOR PASSIONATE THINKERS AND THOSE IN SEARCH FOR MEANING.This book is not about religion in its traditional sense. It doesn’t try to convince us of the existence of God nor defends any particular religion. What it does is to illuminate us about our transcendental dimensions and remind us what it is to be fully alive. The book addresses the existential questions that we as Men have to face and emphasise that religion is nothing more (nor less) than our need for meaning. It is an enjoyable [...]

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    10. This book was interesting albeit quite different from The Outsider. It is true that some of the ideas presented in this book are outdated and will immediately come across as old-fashioned.The kind of ground Wilson covers as regards philosophy in this book include materialism, bifurcation of nature and abstract philosophy. Once again,like in The Outsider, Wilson continues with his assault against Humanism but in this book explores why he takes this stance.In Religion and The Rebel there is more c [...]

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    11. I've only read one of Wilson's books (G.I. Gurdjieff: The War Against Sleep), and that was many years ago. Having learnt more about Wilson since then, I'm not motivated to familiarize myself with his other publications. Substantial criticisms of Wilson have been made by others with far stronger claims to competence in this area. A good summary has been published in a recent blog post by independent writer, Kevin R. D. Shepherd, who has been writing critically about Wilson, and related figures, s [...]

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