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John Comenius: The Labyrinth of the World & The Paradise of the Heart (Classics of Western Spirituality)

Paulist Press / 1997 / Hardcover

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The study of Protestant spirituality in the early modern period has generally focused on Puritans and Pietists. The tradition of the Slavic Reformation thatculminated with John Amos Comenius has been largely ignored. This volume seeks to redress this imbalance by introducing Comenius's neglected masterpiece, The Labyrinth of the World, to a broader audience.
Though better known as the father of modern education, Comenius was a pastore and spiritual leader of the Bohemian Brethren, a Czech Protestant group inspired by the Hussite movement of the 15th century. The Labyrinth, an allegory of the spiritual journey int he style of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, represents the culmination of his literary accomplishments. The work was written against the backdrop of the calamitous Thirty Years' War and Comenius's profound personal suferings. His satirical castigation of the world's false ambitions and values is paralleled by a deep yearning for understanding and experience of life with God.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Paulist Press
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 080910489X
ISBN-13: 9780809104895
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Series: Classics of Western Spirituality

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Volume 90 in the Classics of Western Spirituality series represents the culmination of the literary accomplishments of John Comenius (1592-1670), pastor and leader of the Bohemian Brethren (Unitas Fratrum), a Czech Protestant group inspired by the Hussite movement of the fifteenth century.

This work, written against the calamitous background of the Thirty Years War, and Comenius' profound personal sufferings, comprises two parts. Part one, "The Labyrinth of the World, " is an allegory describing a pilgrim's search for meaning as he surveys the classes and occupations of 17th-century Europe. He is disillusioned at every turn. In part two, he turns inward where he finds "the paradise of the heart, " and experiences true hope in relationship with Jesus Christ.

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