Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence.
Michael Nagler contends that the great spiritual mission of our time is the transition from a religion based on sacrifice to one based on meditation or concentrated prayer, interior practice directed toward the more-than-human Reality within us.
Dr. Michael Nagler has devoted his life to exploring nonviolence as an alternative to war. Professor Emeritus in Classical and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and founder and former chairperson of the University's Peace and Conflict Studies program, Nagler has become one of the world's most widely respected peace scholars and activists.
Nagler is the author of several books, including America Without Violence (Island Press) and The Upanishads (Nilgiri Press). In praise of Nagler's most recent book, Is There No Other Way: The Search for a Nonviolent Future (Berkeley Hills Books), which received an American Book Award in 2002, author Bill McKibben notes: "Nonviolence often seems the tactic of the naÃ¯ve idealist. As Michael Nagler shows, it may really be the strategy of the shrewd and practical among us, who have to figure out some better way than the carnage of the last century for dealing with our problems. This is a vital book for us as individuals, as communities and nations, maybe even as a species." Dr. Nagler is on the editorial board of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society. He also serves on the advisory board of Tikkun magazine.