Son of the Morning Sky explores the validity of the past and contemporary forms of spirituality, vis-a-vis the modern era's scientific outlook. Farley argues that the cosmologies of cultures that focus on "Father Sky" and "Mother Earth" are compatible with scientific perspectives that emphasize the interconnectedness of the universe and all living things. Included in his discussion of traditional cosmologies, his own search for fulfillment, and modern religious philosophy is an emphasis on the role that nature and transcendence play in illuminating self-consciousness and spirituality. Farley's insights will be of value to those interested in comparative religion or the scientific nature of religious thought as well as those who are wrestling with personal issues of faith and spirituality.
Benjamin W. Farley is the Younts Professor of Bible, Religion, and Philosophy at Erskine College in South Carolina.
chapter 1 Transcendence and Nature: An Introduction chapter 2 A Cosmic Creation Story chapter 3 The Appalachian Knobs chapter 4 Arcadia and the Homeric Gods chapter 5 The Phenomenon of Religion chapter 6 The Courage to Be chapter 7 The Flowing Quality of Life chapter 8 The Tao, Zen, and Japanese Gardens chapter 9 Father Sky and the Solar Star chapter 10 Art, Religion, and Silence chapter 11 Mother Earth and the Daughters of Heaven chapter 12 Sexual Love: Earth's Gracious Gift to Humanity chapter 13 Life as a Journey chapter 14 The Descent of Man chapter 15 From the Shade of the Forest to Ivy Halls chapter 16 VillemEtrie chapter 17 The Eternal Human Condition chapter 18 The Rites of Passage chapter 19 The Cycles of Time chapter 20 The Anasazi of the American Southwest and the Hopi Worldview chapter 21 In Fields of Poppies chapter 22 The Separation of Essence from Existence chapter 23 Theophanies, Sacred Texts, and Religious Language chapter 24 The Umbrian Hills chapter 25 Eden in Paris chapter 26 Rain and the Mystery of Being chapter 27 The Voice of Being Speaks Many Languages chapter 28 A Philosophical Repertoire chapter 29 The Many Faces of the Sacred chapter 30 The Son of Galilee chapter 31 Pain, Evil, and Suffering chapter 32 Epilogue chapter 33 An Epilegomenon for Further Reflections chapter 34 Appendix chapter 35 Selected Bibliography