Welcome to Sophia Perennis

Sophia Perennis is dedicated to publishing the best contemporary writing on the world’s wisdom traditions, largely from a Traditionalist or “Perennialist” perspective, as well as reprinting recognized classics. We have tried to remain faithful to Traditionalist core principles—notably the Transcendent Unity of Religions—while exploring new applications of these principles, as well as returning to the great Revelations themselves for fresh insight (see What is Traditionalism? The Sophia Perennis Mission Statement).

We hope to initiate a stream of online discussion dealing with various questions about the present state of Traditionalism/Perennialism and its relation to the contemporary world, as well as exploring some more-or-less neglected areas where Traditionalist principles might be fruitfully applied; the present agenda of the subversive force that René Guénon called the “Counter-Initiation” will also be discussed (see On Intellectual Militancy in the Latter Days: Ten Questions).

Given that traditional wisdom cannot be strictly identified with any specific group, we will proceed in the spirit of the prayer from the Book of Numbers, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets!” And if you’d like to prove us — and Numbers — right, try your hand at answering the following: 80 Questions on What’s Real and What to Do About It.

Please browse our books, or participate in the discussion forums.

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Course: Interrogating Tradition

This course is based on 27 short meditations by Marty Glass, which will appear weekly. Each one begins with a quotation from a sage of one of the wisdom traditions. All you have to do is read it, think about it, meditate on in, and see what your answers might be to the questions it poses. Some of these questions are directly stated, others will probably occur to you. This course has no beginning or end; you can start whenever you arrive.

The lessons begin here. (New lesson posted every Sunday.)

Recent Discussion Posts

The Wars of Love

A Fall-and-Redemption Cycle, a Contemporary Apocalypse

By Charles Upton.

This short epic poem renders the transpersonal agony of human existence; once This World has caught you, only that agony can free you.

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First ~ Twenty-first Interrogations

  TWENTY-FIRST INTERROGATION Those who find the Mysterium Magnum will now what it is: but to the godless it is incomprehensible, because they have no desire to comprehend it. They are captured by the terrestrial essence and […..]

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Were René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon Biased against Love?

By Charles Upton The writers of the Traditionalist School, notably René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon, have wrestled with the problem of the right relationship between love and knowledge in the spiritual life, and have not always emerged […..]

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Review: Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing: Teachings from the Early Christian East by Jean-Claude Larchet

Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing presents the viewpoint on mental disorders held by the early Church Fathers, and in so doing provides a fresh “new” look at psychotherapy, as seen from the standpoint of a tradition which knows the human being as composed of body, soul and Spirit, and gives precedence to the Spirit.

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Review: False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, Globalism and the Quest for a One-World Religion by Lee Penn

In False Dawn: The United Religions Iniative, Globalism and the Quest for a One World Religion, Lee Penn provides us with a detailed history of the movement, its predecessors, its ideological confederates, its allied organizations both religious and secular, its stated goals and its implicit agendas. He has taken a penetrating look at the dynamics of globalization through the lens of contemporary religion—both the established, organized religions and the new religious movements—and the picture he presents to us is both rarely illuminating and deeply chilling.

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