Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Testimony/Gospel of John: Further thoughts

If you've managed to read the "whole thing," and you didn't know anything about me and when it was written, you should have been able nonetheless to pinpoint its genesis at sometime within the highpoint of New Age thought.
I was there--not as a participant, but as a bookseller. I worked at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver in the late Eighties, early Nineties, in the religion and philosophy section. At that time a large section of it was devoted to New Age thought--it was the bread and butter of that whole section. As such it resulted in a love/hate relationship between me and New Age--so much so that I honored one of the best-sellers with a rendition of its own, at least its title: Living in the Lite.
Anyhow, the point here is that whatever my feelings about New Age thought, when it came to re-writing John's Gospel, especially when I re-wrote those sections according to the Jerusalem Bible edition, with long passages in italicized free verse poetry form, I see now in retrospect how much they were influenced by New Age sensibility.
I might argue now that John's Gospel itself was the 'new age' thought of its era. But that would be a rather far reach. Still, there was something in it that lent it to being cast in a style not far from New Age writings of our own times. Maybe you saw it, too, and maybe you would like to comment on it. If so, please join me in The Potluck Catholic forum by clicking on the link below. You can then comment, upload any relevant material, others or your own, or just vent. As long as your discourse is civil, I will not edit it in any manner whatsoever.

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