June 28, 2004
The Paradoxes of the Highest Science: With Footnotes by a Master of the Wisdom
By Eliphas Levi
Publisher: Ibis Press (January 2004)
Pages: 172 - Price: $14.95
Review by Lee Prosser - firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of the major works by a man who is oftentimes identified as the major occultist in the world of supernatural writings. By the time of his death in 1875, his respect as an occult writer was well-established internationally. He had great influence on the important occult writers of his day.
The Paradoxes of the Highest Science was the first of Levi's works to be published in English. In this fine nonfiction work, Levi makes a heartfelt appeal for balance between science and religion. He examines, explains, and defines in seven paradoxical statements. The seven statements include "Religion is magic, sanctioned by authority," "Liberty is obedience to the Law," "Love is the realisation of the impossible," "Knowledge is the ignorance or negation of Evil," "Reason is God," "The Imagination realizes what it invents," and "The Will accomplishes everything which it does not desire." Other items of interest include "The Great Secret," "The Unalterable Principles," and "Synthetic Recapitulation -- Magic -- Magism."
This collection of writings will be highly interesting to many readers. Each section is filled with important commentary. For something thought-provoking and enjoyable, try this small, compact book and receive an unusual reading experience.
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