James Cutsinger

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James Sherman Cutsinger (born May 4, 1953) (Ph.D., Harvard University) is an author, editor, and professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, whose works focus primarily on comparative religion, the modern Traditionalist School of perennial philosophy, Eastern Christian spirituality, and the mystical tradition of the Orthodox Church.


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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