WHAT: Lecture and book signing with author Gus diZerega for his new book Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. The book explores the economic, social, political and spiritual currents that have brought the United States to its greatest crisis since the Civil War and examines how to remedy the situation.
LOCATION: The Theosophical Society in America
1926 North Main Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
DATE/TIME: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7 p.m.
PRICE: $10 entry or $20 for entry + book
PHONE: (630) 668-1571
FAULT LINES: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine
By Gus diZerega, PhD
November 2013 • ISBN 978-0-8356-0918-0 • $18.95 pb • 6 x 9 • 312 pages
The United States is suffering its greatest upheaval since the Civil War—politically, economically, socially and religiously. In Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine, author Gus diZerega explores the complex causes leading us to this point, comparing them to giant fault lines that, when they erupt, create enormous disturbance and in time new landscapes.
In 1960 the American political landscape seemed as peaceful as California’s hills, valleys, and bays. Since then the country’s deepest fractures have begun to shift. Our land has entered upon a time of growing upheaval in every dimension of our common life. Fault Lines argues three basic faults are causing this disruption.
With great clarity and vision, diZerega traces the disruption first to America's first countercultural movement originating in the antebellum South and coming into later conflict with the "counterculture" of the 60s that continues now in phenomena like Burning Man; second, to the crumbling of the moral foundation birthed by the Enlightenment, leading to today’s nihilism; and third, to the roots of what constitutes civilization itself, as modernity has dissolved its own rootedness in ways of life thousands of years old.
But within this third fault lies hope, as it has opened up the promise of a new society built on different premises based more in equality, sacred feminine values and spiritual immanence. Whether the prevailing oligarchy will abort this transformation is the question of our time, claims diZerega.
Fault Lines enables those of us living through these changes now to understand the powerful forces shaping our lives and calling on us for a response.
Gus diZerega holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Berkeley (1984) and has been deeply involved at many levels of spiritual practice for over 25 years. He has published extensively in the academic press on environmental and political theory and policy and has taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has also published two books and many articles on spirituality, the environment and politics. Gus has taught workshops on healing, connecting with nature and Wicca internationally as well. He writes regularly for Patheos.com as well as for Witches and Pagans.