James Cutsinger

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James Sherman Cutsinger (born May 4, 1953) (Ph.D., Harvard University) is a professor, author, and editor, whose works focus primarily on the subjects of traditionalism and Eastern Orthodoxy.


“Each of the great traditions also has a third “dimension”, a spiritual heart, in which the deeper meaning of those beliefs and practices comes alive, and where the spiritual pilgrim may discover, beyond the level of seemingly contradictory forms, an inner commonality with those who follow other paths.”

—Cutsinger on the perennial philosophy [1]

“Given the considerable differences among the teachings of the world’s religions, contradiction or compromise often appear to be the only alternatives. This is particularly so in the case of Christianity and Islam. It seems that Jesus must either be God or not, and that the Quran is either the final and uniquely perfect revelation of God, or not—to mention only two of the more obvious “contradictions” between these traditions. It is therefore inevitable that Christians and Muslims who limit their approach to the dogmatic letter of their religions will find their perspectives to be mutually exclusive, and their “dialogue”—if and when they discuss their beliefs at all, and do not resort instead to conflict and violence— will be reduced to two parallel monologues.”

—Cutsinger on inter-faith dialogue [2]

Cutsinger serves as secretary to the Foundation for Traditional Studies and is a widely recognized authority on the Sophia Perennis, the traditionalist school, and comparative religion – subjects on which he has written extensively. His works also focus on the theology and spirituality of the Christian East. He is perhaps best known however, for his work on Swiss philosopher and traditionalist, Frithjof Schuon.[3]


Professor Cutsinger is a professor of Theology and Religious Thought at the University of South Carolina and an advocate of Socratic Teaching. The recipient of three University of South Carolina Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching awards, he has also been named a Distinguished Honors Professor and has been selected as one of his university's Michael J. Mungo Teachers of the Year (2011).[4] He has also served as director of three National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars.[5]



  • The Form of Transformed Vision: Coleridge and the Knowledge of God, Foreword by Owen Barfield (Mercer University Press, 1987)
  • Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon (State University of New York Press, 1997)
  • Reclaiming the Great Tradition: Evangelicals, Catholics, and Orthodox in Dialogue, ed. (InterVarsity Press, 1997)
  • Not of This World: A Treasury of Christian Mysticism (World Wisdom, 2003)
  • Paths to the Heart: Sufism and the Christian East (World Wisdom, 2004)
  • The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity (World Wisdom, 2004)
  • Prayer Fashions Man: Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life (World Wisdom, 2005)

Translations of works by Frithjof Schuon

Selected Articles

  • "Coleridgean Polarity and Theological Vision," Harvard Theological Review, 76:1 (1983)
  • "Toward a Method of Knowing Spirit," Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 14:2 (1985)
  • "Femininity, Hierarchy, and God," Religion of the Heart: Essays Presented to Frithjof Schuon, ed. Nasr and Stoddart (Foundation for Traditional Studies, 1991)
  • "Listening More Closely to Schuon," ARIES: Association pour la Recherche de l'Information sur l'Esoterisme, 14 (1992)
  • "A Knowledge that Wounds Our Nature: The Message of Frithjof Schuon," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 60:3 (1992)
  • "The Mystery of the Two Natures," Sophia: Journal of Traditional Studies, 4:2 (1998) - also published as "Le Mystère des Deux Natures," Connaissance des Religions (Numero Hors Serie, 1999)
  • "On Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Metaphysical Cosmogony," Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity," 1:1 (1998)
  • "The Virgin," Sophia: Journal of Traditional Studies, 6:2 (2000)

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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Cutsinger, James, “Paths to the Heart” (World Wisdom page vii)
  2. ^ Cutsinger, James, “Paths to the Heart” (World Wisdom page vii)
  3. ^ James Cutsinger
  4. ^ Biography
  5. ^ Author Page

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