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by Terryl L. Givens

ISBN: 0199916853
ISBN13: 978-0199916856
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
Pages: 400
Category: Humanities
Subategory: Other

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When Souls Had Wings book.

When Souls Had Wings book. A major motivation for Terryl L. Givens’s WHEN ANGELS HAD WINGS: PRE-MORTAL EXISTENCE IN WESTERN THOUGHT is, as the subtitle indicates, a history of the idea of the pre-existence from Mesopotamian myth through the present. Givens spends a lot of time discussing Plato, whose ideas on the pre-existence were highly influential for more than two millennia, and the Church Fathers. He discusses many other major thinkers in philosophy, religion and literature but also many relatively minor figures.

When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"-the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born

When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"-the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born. And typically it is seen as a descent-a falling away from a happier and untroubled state into the turbulent and sinful world we know. The title of the book refers to the idea put forward in antiquity that our souls begin with wings, and that only after shedding those wings do we fall to earth

Givens has a very impressive resume and is professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He has done an extensive study of the subject of pre-mortal existence and the results are condensed into this book.

Givens has a very impressive resume and is professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. Here he covers religion, philosophy, and poetry that cover this subject. The book covers from Mesopotamian times to modern times.

Volume 81, Issue 2. June 2012, pp. 410-412. When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Robert C. Fuller (a1).

The notion that we spring into existence ex nihilo at birth strikes many people as counter-intuitive. By contrast, the idea that we have an eternal identity appeals to some deep intuition about the self. And indeed, belief in the soul's pre-mortal existence has a long history in Western thought. Terryl Givens offers the first systematic exploration of this fascinating if generally unfamiliar feature of Western cultural history.

Terryl L. Givens 2007 FAIR conference address. МАЙКЛ РОУЧ: формула успеха в жизни (МАЙКЛ РОУЧ, телеинтервью) - Продолжительность: 14:57 Майкл Роуч & DWI Recommended for you.

When Souls Had Wings represents the first attempt to trace a history of pre-heaven, the idea that the human soul (or spirit) had an existence prior to its mortal birth. Philosophers from Plato through Leibniz and Kant to J. E. M. McTaggart, thinkers in Jewish and Christian traditions, and poets from the seventeenth century to Robert Frost have propounded a transcendent realm peopled by the souls of humans yet unborn. Preexistence, or pre-mortal existence, has been invoked to explain the human yearning for transcendence and the sublime, as well as the sensation of alienation and the indelible sadness of human existence.

Author Terryl L. Givens. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Line upon Line By Terryl L. Givens · February 24, 2010 Lives lived in pre-mortal realms have explained convincingly the uncannily.

When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. By Terryl L. Givens · February 24, 2010. Latter-day Saints usually think of pre-existence as a doctrine unique to Mormonism, known to Abraham and alluded to by Wordsworth in an oft-cited poem, but otherwise long lost to the Christian world. In actual fact, belief in the soul’s pre-mortal existence constitutes a rich if largely forgotten tradition in Western thought. Lives lived in pre-mortal realms have explained convincingly the uncannily instantaneous bonds between friends and between lovers, forged so profoundly they seem to possess their own mysterious prehistory.

Virtually all adherents of Western religions believe in post-mortal existence. Givens chronicles varying interpretations of preexistence across some thirty centuries and countless European and American social settings. Yet relatively few believe in pre-mortal existence despite the fact that this theological notion has surfaced repeatedly over the last three thousand years of Western philosophical and theological thought.

The idea of the pre-existence of the soul has been extremely important, widespread, and persistent throughout Western history--from even before the philosophy of Plato to the poetry of Robert Frost. When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"--the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born. And typically it is seen as a descent--a falling away from a happier and untroubled state into the turbulent and sinful world we know. The title of the book refers to the idea put forward in antiquity that our souls begin with wings, and that only after shedding those wings do we fall to earth. The book not only traces the history of the idea of pre-existence, but also captures its meaning for those who have embraced it. Givens describes how pre-existence has been invoked to explain "the better angels of our nature," including the human yearning for transcendence and the sublime. Pre-existence has been said to account for why we know what we should not know, whether in the form of a Greek slave's grasp of mathematics, the moral sense common to humanity, or the human ability to recognize universals. The belief has explained human bonds that seem to have their own mysterious prehistory, salved the wounded sensibility of a host of thinkers who could not otherwise account for the unevenly distributed pain and suffering that are humanity's common lot, and has been posited by philosophers and theologians alike to salvage the principle of human freedom and accountability. When Souls had Wings underscores how durable (and controversial) this idea has been throughout the history of Western thought, the theological dangers it has represented, and how prominently it has featured in poetry, literature, and art.
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Sermak Light
This is a subject that I have always been interested in. I am LDS and was aware that we were one of the few western religions that believe in a pre-existence. I also knew that Plato and a few early Christians such as Origen believed in the concept. I was not aware of the many others that believed in pre-existence and the diversity of views that it entailed. This book has exceeded my expectations and made me aware of many other schools of thought on the subject.

Givens has a very impressive resume and is professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He has done an extensive study of the subject of pre-mortal existence and the results are condensed into this book. Here he covers religion, philosophy, and poetry that cover this subject.

The book covers from Mesopotamian times to modern times. Highlights include Hebrew traditions, Plato, Gnosticism, Origen, Augustine, the Kabbalah, and the Cambridge Platonists. Philosophers that tackled this subject include Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant. In 19th century religion major players were Wilhelm Benecke, Joseph Smith, Edward Beecher and Julius Muller. Poets that covered the subject include Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Lermontov, Carlyle, and Goethe.

His final chapter is more philosophical and discusses the views of Jung and others and how the idea pre-existence can solve many philosophical and religious problems. He notes that this paradigm never succumbed to philosophical or scientific critique. It has great explanatory power, but did not fit in with the western idea of creation out of nothing and that fact that God is the only eternal being.

This book is a must for anyone interested in the idea of a pre-existence. Givens explores the religious, poetic, and philosophical implications of this belief and for someone like myself who loves theology and philosophy was a wonderful exercise in thought.

Kifer
Great scholarly work which provides historical insight into why the doctrine of preexistence has surfaced throughout the ages for various reasons and why it became anathema when it conflicted with the doctrine and theology of the Creeds and the Council of Nicea and the Orthodoxy that evolved in the centuries following Christ's death and resurrection.

Unnis
Wow! Deep, deep, deep. I loved it. I learned more in this book than in years of attending church. This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It is not light reading, BUT well worth the slog!

from earth
good read about the pre-mortal

Agamaginn
Interesting, but some what difficult to read. I felt as if I was back in college and reading a text book. I would recommend this book, however.

Zugar
A great tour of ancient and modern thought regarding the intimations of a pre-earthly life. It appears to be well-research and is well-written.

Gorisar
Terryl is something of a treasure hunter who discovers gems from the age of antiquity to the present day. He did all the digging for these gems and presents them quite articulately for us to behold. Pre-mortal existence is a haunting, enigmatic theme that just doesn't seem to want to go away. Maybe it's time to stop ignoring this theme. Perhaps it's a very relevant reality.

I really enjoy reading this book! Terryl Givens is my favorite LDS writer! This book is kind of like a humanities text book but givens makes pre earth life enjoyable by comparison to plato and philo and early thinkers.

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