Writing / Published Works

The Fool Returns

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A novel by Tom Block - 2014

Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution

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A book by Tom Block, 2014

U.S. Major General (ret.) Charles Tucker noted of Prophetic Activist Art:

"Tom Block is a visionary at the intersection of art and conscience.  Written with style and conviction, his new work is a “must read” for those searching for an ethical fulcrum from which to nurture equity, justice and human security."

Machiavelli in America

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A Book by Tom Block, 2014

Machiavelli in America traces the roots of America’s tough take on political power to the Florentine thinker. From the Founders (c. 1770s) through today’s rough-and-tumble political panorama, Machiavelli's rationale has been adopted in domestic politics as well as international relations.

A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God

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A book by Tom Block, 2012

“A Fatal Addiction” explores the “violence of God” tradition as it exists in all religions (including Buddhism), and then examines how this dynamic is flipped, with political leaders using spiritual and religious language to sell war to the general public.  http://www.algora.com/391/book/details.html

Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity

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A Book by Tom Block, 2010

From FonsVitae.com:
Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity is a groundbreaking study introducing to the popular reader, the story of respectful and loving interfaith relations between Sufis (Islamic mystics) and Jewish spiritual thinkers for nearly one thousand years.  From the inception of Islam, to the Golden Age (8th-12th centuries) Jewish-Sufis of Arabia, North Africa and Spain, through the Kabbalists in Spain and the Holy Land, and then into 18th century European Hasidism, Islamic and Jewish ideas commingled to influence both paths, as well as strongly influencing the Jewish mystical system.

Mysticism in the Theatre: What’s Needed Right Now published in HowlRound

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HowlRound, March 13, 2017

Mysticism in the Theatre: What’s Needed Right Now published in HowlRound

War in the Name of God: Christianity Is No Less Addicted Than Any Other Religion

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34 Justice Blog, August 22, 2016

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Gary Gutting (a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame) argued concerning what some call “radical Islamic terrorism:”

Truth or Politics

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34 Justice Blog, August 1, 2016

One of the greatest dangers to our democracy is the insignificant role that “truth” plays within our political discourse.

A Response to Machiavelli: Three Legislative Proposals

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34 Justice Blog, October 28, 2014

Twentieth-century political theorist Hannah Arendt said of her friend Walter Benjamin (a philosopher and social critic) that he was a “clumsy theorist.”  Not that he couldn’t theorize and walk at the same time, but that he was only interested in developing theories which couldn’t be implemented, in the messy world of the public square.

Sufism and Hasidism: Shared Spiritual Tales

Thomas Block writes on the spiritual teachings tales that are found in both Sufi
Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, October, 2011

Positive interactions between Jewish and Islamic thinkers from the founding of Islam (622) until the fall of the Spanish Caliphate (1492) led to deep Muslim influence on the Jewish religion, including meditation practices, mystical grammar, retreat and supererogatory prayers, liturgical imagery and other specific inspirations that reverberate to this day.  For nearly one millennium, Jewish

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