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Tradition and Wisdom This is from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation website:   “Shalem is grounded in Christian contemplative spirituality and, at the same time, draws on the wisdom […]

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Perennial Wisdom, also known as the Perennial Philosophy, the Perennial Tradition, or even the Wisdom Tradition, is a belief surfacing in the church although rarely under that name. Perennial Wisdom […]

Living Wisdom by David G. Benner is a 2019 revised and expanded edition from an earlier version. The earlier version has 10 ISBN numbers, which means the first edition was published […]

The Wisdom Pattern is the next to latest book from Richard Rohr as of this writing (February 2021). It is a revised edition of a 2001 book, Hope against Darkness: The Transforming […]

Read part 1 first The Threefold Appeal One of Dyer’s recent books is Being In Balance:9 Principles for Creating Habits to Match Your Desires. Part of the description states:   “In […]

What is the difference between universalism and Christian universalism? What is inclusivism? How is universalism related to pluralism and Perennial Wisdom? Is Richard Rohr a universalist? This article attempts to explain the answers to these questions.

Why “naked” in the title? That is simple. When one removes the mystical language and the false data about the Enneagram, the book is left naked. That is, once this material is removed, there would be nothing left but blank pages. As it is, this book is an example of the dangers that come with the Enneagram I have been warning about: Contemplative Spirituality, Panentheism, and possibly Perennial Wisdom (see info & links on authors toward the end). This book is all of these dangers on steroids.

What can we say to the claims made by Contemplative proponents? Are their arguments sound and biblical?

Comer’s theme in this book is that Christians must pursue the “practices of Jesus,”  or the “Way of Jesus,” which are the spiritual disciplines. However, there is no evidence that the spiritual disciplines as taught by Comer and others are taught in Scripture, nor are meditation and prayer modeled in Scripture anything like what is taught by Contemplatives.

These people, practices, and language related to Contemplative teachings are listed due to the increasing influence of the Contemplative Movement. Problems with this movement are multiple and have been addressed […]