Tolkien in the Company of Saints - LOTR Enters Some Spiritual Circles

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Tolkien in the Company of Saints - LOTR Enters Some Spiritua

Postby Guest » Tue Nov 23, 1999 1:00 am

Dan Mihm alerted me to a press release from Harper Collins which, according to some other authors, has decided on the "The 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century." I'm not sure what the process was to pick these, but my gut reaction is not place <I>Lord of the Rings</I> alongside such books as <I>The Autobiography of Malcolm X</I>, <I>Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism</I>, and <I>Mere Christianity</I>.<P>In any case, read the info below (along with a blurb from the <I>Dallas Morning News</I>, or <A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/harper_sanfrancisco/spiritbooks.htm">click here</A> to check out the books.<P><P><B>Higher Learning</B><P>The 100 best spiritual books of the last 100 years were announced this month. Compiled for the new-agey publisher Harper San Francisco by Smith College religion professor Philip Zaleski, the list includes books from all major religious traditions as well as novels, essay collections, letters, and confessions. Malcolm X, Mother Teresa, Franz Kafka, and Jack Kerouac made the cut. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's The Phenomenon of Man received the most votes from the nominating committee. Zaleski thought people might be surprised that The Lord of the Rings made the list. "I do think it's the quintessential tale of good and evil, a deeply moral tale. And that seems to be a spiritual subject," he told the Dallas Morning News.<P><table width="450" border="0"><BR><TR><BR><TD COLSPAN="2"><BR><CENTER><BR><FONT SIZE="+3">The 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century</font><P>Compiled by Philip Zaleski, editor of <i>The Best Spiritual Writing</i> series</P></center><P><BR>Based on nominations by Thomas Moore, Natalie Goldberg, Rodger Kamenetz, Harold Kushner, Lawrence Kushner, Christopher de Vinck, David Yount, Kabir Helminski, Helen Tworkov, Ron Hansen, Frederic Brussat, Joseph Bruchac, Huston Smith, Lawrence Cunningham, and John Wilson.<P><BR><div align="center">View the <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/harper_sanfrancisco/press.htm">Press Release</a></div><P><BR></td><BR></tr><BR><TR><BR><td>Adams, Henry,</td> <td><I>Mont-Saint Michel and Chartres</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Agnon, S. Y.,</td><TD><I>In the Heart of the Seas</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Anonymous,</td><TD><I>Alcoholics Anonymous</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Anonymous, <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?006065581x">The Gospel of Thomas</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Balthasar, Hans Urs von, <TD> <I>The Glory of the Lord</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Barfield, Owen, <TD> <I>Saving the Appearances</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Barth, Karl, <TD> <I>The Epistle to the Romans</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Bernanos, Georges, <TD> <I>Diary of a Country Priest</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Black Elk,</b> <TD> <I><b>Black Elk Speaks</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Bonhoeffer, Dietrich,<TD> <I>The Cost of Discipleship</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Bonhoeffer, Dietrich,</b><TD> <I><b>Letters and Papers from Prison</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Buber, Martin,</b> <TD> <I><b>I and Thou</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Buber, Martin,<TD> <I>Tales of the Hasidim</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Camus, Albert,<TD> <I>The Plague</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Chapman, John, <TD> <I>Spiritual Letters</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Chesterton, G. K., </b><TD> <I><b>Orthodoxy</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Daumal, Rene, <TD> <I>Mount Analogue</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Day, Dorothy, <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060617519">The Long Loneliness</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Dillard, Annie, <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060953020">Pilgrim at Tinker Creek</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Dunne, John S., <TD> <I>The Way of All the Earth</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Eisley, Loren, <TD> <I>The Immense Journey</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Eliade, Mircea, <TD> <I>The Myth of Eternal Return</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Eliot, T. S.,<TD> <I>Christianity and Culture</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Eliot, T. S.,</b><TD> <I><b>The Four Quartets</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Endo, Shusako, <TD> <I>Silence</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Florensky, Pavel, <TD> <I>The Pillar and the Ground of Truth</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Foster, Richard, <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060628391">A Celebration of Discipline</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Frankl, Viktor, <TD> <I>Man’s Search for Meaning</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Gandhi, Mohandas, <TD> <I>An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Greene, Graham, <TD> <I>The Power and the Glory</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Griffiths, Bede, <TD> <I>The Golden String</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Guardini, Romano, <TD> <I>The Lord</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Guenon, Rene, <TD> <I>The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Gurdjieff, G. I., <TD> <I>Meetings with Remarkable Men</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Hahn, Thich Nhat, <TD> <I>Peace Is Every Step</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Hammarskjold, Dag, <TD> <I>Markings</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Heschel, Abraham Joshua, <TD> <I>God in Search of Man</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Heschel, Abraham Joshua,</b><TD> <I><b>The Sabbath</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Hesse, Hermann,<TD> <I>Siddhartha</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Hopkins, Gerard Manley,<TD> <I>Collected Poems</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Huxley, Aldous,<TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060901918">The Perennial Philosophy</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Isherwood, Christopher,<TD> <I>My Guru and His Disciple</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>James, William,<TD> <I>The Varieties of Religious Experience</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>John XXIII, Pope,<TD> <I>Journal of a Soul</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>John Paul II, Pope, <TD> <I>Crossing the Threshold of Hope</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Jung, Carl, <TD> <I>Memories, Dreams, Reflections</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Kafka, Franz, <TD> <I>The Trial</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Kelly, Thomas, <TD> <I><!-- <A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060643617">-->A Testament of Devotion</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Kerouac, Jack, <TD> <I>The Dharma Bums</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>King, Martin Luther, Jr., <TD> <I><A HREF="/catalog/detail.cgi?0062505521">I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World</a></I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Knox, Ronald,<TD> <I>Enthusiasm</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Krishnamurti,<TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060916095">Think on These Things</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Leclercq, Jean, <TD> <I>The Love of Learning and the Desire for God</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Lewis, C. S., <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0064405370">The Chronicles of Narnia</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><TD> <I>Mere Christianity</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Lusseyran, Jacques,<TD> <I>And There Was Light</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Maharashi, Ramana,<TD> <I>The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharashi</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Malcolm X,<TD> <I>The Autobiography of Malcolm X</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Maritain, Raissa,<TD> <I>Journals</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Maugham, W. Somerset,<TD> <I>The Razor’s Edge</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Merton, Thomas,<TD> <I>New Seeds of Contemplation</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><TD><I>The Seven Storey Mountain</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Muggeridge, Malcolm, <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060660430">Something Beautiful for God</a></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Newman, John Henry,<TD> <I>Meditations and Devotions</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Niebuhr, Richard H.,<TD> <I><!-- <A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0061300039">-->Christ and Culture</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Niebuhr, Reinhold, <TD> <I>The Nature and Destiny of Man</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>O’Connor, Flannery, <TD> <I>Wise Blood</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Otto, Rudolf,<TD> <I>The Idea of the Holy</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Ouspensky, P. D., <TD> <I>In Search of the Miraculous</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Peck, M. Scott,<TD> <I>The Road Less Traveled</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Percy, Walker, <TD> <I>Lost in the Cosmos</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Pirsig, Robert, <TD> <I>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Ramakrishna, <TD> <I>The Gospel of Ramakrishna</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Reps, Paul, <TD> <I>Zen Flesh, Zen Bones</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Rilke, Rainer Maria,<TD> <I>Duino Elegies</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Rosenzweig, Franz, <TD> <I>The Star of Redemption</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Russell, George William, <TD> <I>The Candle of Vision</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Schimmel, Anne-Marie, <TD> <I>Mystical Dimensions of Islam</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Scholem, Gershom, <TD> <I>Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Schumacher, E. F., <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060906111">A Guide for the Perplexed</a></I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Schuon, Fritjof, <TD> <I>The Transcendent Unity of Religions</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Singer, Isaac Bashevis, <TD> <I>Collected Stories</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Smith, Huston, <TD> <I><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0062508113">The World’s Religions</a></I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Steinsaltz, Adin, <TD> <I>The Thirteen-Petalled Rose</I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Suzuki, D. T., <TD> <I>Essays in Zen Buddhism</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Suzuki, Shunryu,</b> <TD> <I><b>Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind</b></I> </td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Tagore, Rabindranath, <TD> <I>Gitanjali</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre, </b><TD> <I><b><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?006090495x">The Phenomenon of Man</a></b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Teresa, Mother, <TD> <I>A Simple Path</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Therese of Lisieux, St.,</b> <TD> <I><b>The Story of a Soul</b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Tillich, Paul, <TD> <I>The Courage to Be</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Tolkien, J. R. R.,<TD> <I>The Lord of the Rings</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Tomberg, Valentin, <TD> <I>Meditations on the Tarot</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Traherne, Thomas, <TD> <I>Centuries</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Trungpa, Chogyam, <TD> <I>Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Underhill, Evelyn,<TD> <I>Mysticism</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD><b>Weil, Simone,</b> <TD> <I><b><A HREF="http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/detail.cgi?0060902957">Waiting for God</a></b></I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Wiesel, Elie, <TD> <I>Night</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Yeats, William Butler, <TD> <I>Collected Poems</I></td></tr><BR><TR><BR><TD>Yogananda, Paramahansa,<TD> <I>Autobiography of a Yogi</td></tr><BR></TD><BR></TR><BR></TABLE><P>
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