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- This review is transcluded from Talk:Eckhart Tolle/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.
- Is it reasonably well written?
- A. Prose quality
- B. MoS compliance
- There are a few sentences which need tweaking - for example:
- "He describes his childhood as unhappy, especially the years up to age 13, spent in Germany" - sounds odd, needs restructuring.
- " Tolle gives speeches and workshops, most of which are given in English, but occasionally gives talks in German and in Spanish" - similarly, slightly awkward.
- There are a few sentences which need tweaking - for example:
- Is it factually accurate and verifiable?
- A. References to sources:
- B. Citation of reliable sources where necessary:
- C. No original research:
- Is it broad in its coverage?
- A. Major aspects:
- B. Focused:
- Is it neutral ?
- Fair representation without bias:
- Is it stable?
- No edit wars, etc:
- Does it contain images to illustrate the topic?
- A. Images are copyright tagged, and non-free images have fair use rationales:
The copyright status of the portrait of Tolle needs to be clarified. It's currently lacking a description.- own work of a user, I'm satisfied that there are no copyright issues.
- B. Images are provided where possible and appropriate, with suitable captions:
Pass or Fail:
This article is generally compliant WP:WIAGA, but the photograph of Tolle needs to be copyright tagged, and the prose needs tweaking before it can be awarded Good Article status. I'm therefore putting it on hold. Claritas § 12:53, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
- I've reviewed recent edits made to the article, and I'm satisfied that the main issues with the prose have been sorted, and I'm therefore promoting it. Any editors who may be looking to bring this article to Featured Article status should bear in mind that the FA prose criteria are stricter and more work may be need on this area. Claritas § 18:25, 25 June 2010 (UTC)
Reception by Christian theologians
Why is this section relevant to this article? It is stated in the opening section of this article, "Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works." Why are a few Christian theologians highlighted as a reviewers of Tolle's work? This appears blatantly one-sided to me, as if the Christian religion is the only valid perspective to spiritual discussion. I would delete this section.
- It appears to me to be a sub-section title useful to divide the lengthy Reception section. And since Tolle writes in English and since the English-speaking world is dominated by the Christian religion and since Tolle is so widespread that there has been readership across the English-speaking world, there has been a good deal of Christian theologian commentary. That is my inference from the article. I don't see any reason to delete a section. Softlavender (talk) 22:40, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
- Many Wikipedia articles are becoming increasingly distorted by US-Christian positions. The rationale used above for retaining this overblown and rather irrelevant section is the claim that the English-speaking world is dominated by the Christian religion. That's a big claim, and can be dismissed as original research unless the editor making the claim can support it with creditable sources. But it is true that United States politics is infected with US-style Christian ideologies, and that many people influenced by these ideologies are keen to dominate other people. It is wishful thinking on the part of Christians to claim that the people in other parts of the English speaking world have succumbed to these attempts at domination. The section titled "Reception by Christian theologians" presents a chaotic and therefore unhelpful spectrum of US-Christian positions on Tolle. The views are chaotic because Christianity itself has no coherent or unified meditative tradition. --Epipelagic (talk) 19:38, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
For most people struggling with depression,the fact that Eckart has come out of his lifelong depression ,is enough to bring you out of your own depression. Depression is just a mind game that envelops u in a vortex.To come out of the vortex ,you have to know that there is a way out.Eckart is proof. Poof !! Your depression is already gone. Nothing like awareness that its all make believe that you are going through. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 08:21, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
- Tolle was, according to the article, depressed for some of his 20s and then experienced a so-called 'inner transformation'. He is now 68. So his depression was either far from 'lifelong', or else has persisted, in which case his approach has conspicuously failed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 04:28, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
- This is to profoundly misunderstand Tolle's approach. He argues a person is two (the I and the Self). The Self can continue to suffer depression but the I observes and understands it as a passing state so it affects the individual far less, if at all. As such Tolle may have depression to this day. "Before Enlightenment I was depressed, after enlightenment I continued to be depressed" (a quote from Anthony de Mello whose base approach preceded Tolle's but was largely the same idea.) Polishwanderer (talk) 19:27, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
sorry, this is my first contribution ever to Wikipedia so I'll ask someone else to do this edit, thanks
https://www.eckharttolle.com/article/Spirituality-And-The-Christian-Tradition — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 13:39, 17 November 2016 (UTC)
- That link was already present in the article. I have now formatted it for clarity, and removed the dead link which was redundant to it. Softlavender (talk) 14:00, 17 November 2016 (UTC)
Reception by Christian theologians
I condensed the Eckhart Tolle#Reception by Christian theologians section per the closed RfC. I also made more clear which were in support and which were criticism. It is still primarily quotes and should probably be paraphrased. —DIY Editor (talk) 22:42, 30 December 2016 (UTC)
- In 2008 The Independent noted that "Tolle does have fans in academic, even Christian, circles". It cited Andrew Ryder, a theologian at All Hallows College in Dublin, who wrote that "Tolle's writing is based on his own experience and personal reflection. This makes his approach to the challenge of living in the present moment both practical and fresh. While he may not use the language of traditional Christian spirituality, Tolle is very much concerned that, as we make our way through the ordinary events of the day, we keep in touch with the deepest source of our being."
I feel that this restores yet another extensive quote contrary to the mandate from the RfC to trim the section. I think we should limit the section to one paragraph each for pro and con. And why are we using all quotes for this section? Anyway, this does not seem like the most relevant quote as it is mostly general feelings about Tolle rather than a response from a Christian point of view. What do "personal reflection" and "practical and fresh" have to do with contrasting or comparing to Christian theology? —DIY Editor (talk) 18:04, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
- Right now we have quotes and reviews from: (1) Maclean's, a Canadian weekly news magazine; (2) a personal blog; (3) the National Catholic Reporter; (4) (a theologian posting on) Eckhart Tolle's own website; (5) The Independent, a widely and internationally read notable British newspaper. If we are going to trim anything further, we should probably trim in order of independence and notability; therefore the first to go should probably be in this order: Tolle's site; the blog; Maclean's / National Catholic Reporter (they're about equal in notability), and last of all The Independent. I personally don't think more than one of those should be trimmed, if any. There's also no reason to force the responses into one paragraph each of pro and con, especially if one section has more WP:RS sources than the other. We also don't paraphrase reviews -- that leads to inference and editorializing. Softlavender (talk) 09:06, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
- There was more to the article in question. For example it says "Tolle's theories are certainly seen by many as profoundly non-Christian, even though Tolle often quotes from the Bible," and generally gives the impression that Christians don't have a positive view of Tolle's work. —DIY Editor (talk) 05:45, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
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