Religion and the Rebel

Religion and the Rebel

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Religion and the Rebel, Colin Wilson's second volume from his internationally acclaimed Outsider Cycle, is a casebook about and for rebels. With inspirational wisdom and engaging clarity, Wilson shows us that the purpose of religion, of our personal relationship with the sacred and the all-pervading mystery of existence, is to expand our consciousness and intensify our sense of life. Wilson heroically claims that the power to create meaning resides in our mental and spiritual discipline.

Examining the lives and works of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Rilke, Shaw, Pascal, Swedenborg, Rimbaud and Scott Fitzgerald, among others, Wilson explores the main existential questions and shows how these remarkable writers, scientists, philosophers and poets faced their need for transcendence. Like many of us, they were driven by a need to become more than men.

Religion and the Rebel is an outstanding and enjoyable book that combines philosophical analysis, historical interest, and religious insight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.83mm | 537.96g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 0993323057
  • 9780993323058

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'I have written at length about Religion and the Rebel for two reasons. One is to show that The Outsider was only the beginning of Wilson's attempt at posing the problems confronting "the heroic figure of our time." The other is to show that it is an important book and deserves to be better known.'

GARY LACHMAN, Beyond the Robot, The life and work of Colin Wilson

'This marks the beginning of an important stage in Wilson's writing--a trend which permeates his subsequent work--triggered by the need to demonstrate that his philosophy is not just words on paper but ideas that can and should be proved by living.' COLIN STANLEY, Wilson's biographer, Managing Director of Paupers Press.

'Defying the critical mauling which could have sunk other writers, Wilson ploughed straight ahead with his second book and developed his "phenomenological existentialism" with arguments that remain as lucid in 2017 as they did in 1957. Religion and the Rebel is an overlooked classic.' PHILIP COULTHARD, Colin Wilson Online.

'The scholarly and insightful volume introduced here is not a work about religion in its traditional sense. It is a bold and optimistic casebook that, fifty years after being published, remains ahead of its time.' SAMANTHA DEVIN, Author of Bilis Negra and Arcadia. Co-founder and Editor of Aristeia Press.

'Religion and the Rebel', Colin Wilson's compelling sequel to 'The Outsider', is his seminal work on the development of 'visionary consciousness', the subject which became his lifelong key preoccupation: the 'Outsider problem' - how to learn the mental disciplines by which we can raise ourselves into states of mystical perception leading to self-transformation.'
GEOFF WARD, writer, poet, musician. Founder of Colin Wilson World.
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