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The Dance of the Pilgrim: A Christian Style of Life for Today
The Dance of the Pilgrim A Christian Style of Life for Today Author:John David Maguire ('A fresh interpretation of Jesus and his relevance for modern man' per front cover. Copyright 1967 -- date of paperback printing unknown.) — The author begins with an analysis of the three primal one-sided responses men make to the threateningness of the world. The first, called 'the way of the aesthete,' is the way of flight through fancy and... more » fantasy. It stresses espressiveness, perception and imagination, but uses t hem as powers for transcengint the actual world. The second response, "The way fo the victim," seeks to absorb the world or to yield oneself to it. It stresses deep feeling, emotions and sensitivity but so unrelievedly that one tends toward self-destruction. The third response, "the way of the aggressor," is the attempt to assault the world into submission, stressing the will and our agencies of action.
"The way of the pilgrim," which Jesus Christ symbolizes and actualizes, is declared the appropriate style of life for today. It involves all the basic human faculties but suggests their use in a way that transfigures them. The elements in the pilgrim's way are examined: love, having a cornerstone, becoming involved, learning always to grow, seeking spontaneity.« less