Saturday, April 17, 2004

Christopher Beckwith awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Christopher Beckwith awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Author Kurt Vonnegut, late photographer Ansel Adams and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger are among the many distinguished recipients of a Guggenheim fellowship in its 80-year history.

Now, four IU professors can add their names to that list, as the Guggenheim Foundation announced them as 2004 fellows April 8. The winners are Professor of Central Eurasian Studies Christopher Beckwith, Folklore and Ethnomusicology Professor Mary Ellen Brown, Biology Professor Ellen Ketterson and Biology Professor Loren Rieseberg.

"(The fellowships) are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship," said Liz Gurl, assistant secretary of the Guggenheim Foundation.


Professor Beckwith was also past recipient of the MacArthur "genius award".

Kudos to Mr. Beckwith!

Monday, April 12, 2004

George Cone Beckwith, Man of Peace

George C. Beckwith

Edited from Appleton's Encyclopedia:
BECKWITH, George C., clergyman, born in 1800; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 12 May 1870. He was a Congregational minister, who devoted himself to the service of the American peace society, of which he was for thirty-three years corresponding secretary. He also edited its magazine, 'The Advocate of Peace,' and wrote the appeals issued in its name, in favor of peace congresses and the arbitration of international disputes."

George and Martha Beckwith are buried in the beautiful Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., (a mile or so from Harvard Square) which, if you have not yet visited, you would benefit from putting it on a future tour.

While in the vicinity, yu may want to visit the church in Lowell, where Mr. Beckwith once praught. (teach>taught preach>praught)

Found these interesting references while Googling:
MISS MARTHA L. BECKWITH, trance speaker, will lecture in Portland, Me., during September. Address of New Haven, care of George Beckwith.
The Spiritual Theory.

The backbone of the whole theory of spiritual existence in every school is, that there is immanent with man a spiritual essence, which, while the body exists, forms a part thereof, and when it decays, still remains and continues to exist, under such change of conditions as the death of the body has induced. Under this theory it is fair to infer, that the spirit which has been set free from the body of one person by death, and continues its existence in the distinctive spiritual state, is but an emanation from the structure of the body which it once inhabited, and possesses the same general character, as an entity, with that which resides in the body of another person now remaining on the earth. That the spirits in their disembodied condition can communicate with those in the flesh, is, therefore, as easy to conceive as that they can do so with their etherial companions, since, in both states or spheres, they partake of the same generic constitution; and whatever differences there are between them, are due, not to the different elements of their nature, but to the different states and degrees in which their common nature is developed.—Geo. Beckwith.

The Spiritual Theory

First—Some of the doctrines of the spiritual faith are:

1. That this life is a sphere of existence in which are developed the rudiments of a being which is to exist without end.

2. That after the occurrence of the chemical change called death, mankind continue to exist as conscious spirits.

3. That all spirit-faculties possess in the body are retained and exercised in the spirit life.

4. The type of character which an individual has cultivated or sustained in this life determines the state or condition of the spirit in the beginning of the next. In other words, the spirit-life may be compared to a graded school, in which the spirit is assigned to a class for which his discipline in the earth-life has qualified him.

5. That the capacity for improvement and progression, possessed by the spirit which in this form, is retained in the spirit-life. Hence—

6. That the state (sometimes called sphere,) into which a spirit at first enters on leaving the form, is not of necessity fixed; but the spirit, at its own volition, can attract more refined and elevated spirits, by whose co-operating influence it can pursue an endless course of progression in Purity and Excellence, forever assimilating itself more and more to the Ultimate of DIVINE PERFECTION.

7. That under certain favorable conditions spirits can and do, manifest themselves to, and communicate with, persons in the flesh; and for this purpose they sometimes make sounds upon material substances, or move such substance, and sometimes employ the organism of mortals who are susceptible to their influence, inspiring them to write, speak, personate those who have died, of whom they had no knowledge, tell the events of the past, present and future; perform acts of healing, and do many other things commonly classed as miracles.

8. That observation has shown, that by our mental, moral and physical state, we can aid or hinder the approach of the spirits to the earth. But the laws by which we are able to do this are as yet but imperfectly understood.

9. That persons who are susceptible to the influence of departed spirits are likely to attract those which are of a like character with themselves.

10. That the spirits which can influence one organism may not be able to affect another; and in case where the same spirit influences different persons, it will be likely to do it in different ways, and for different uses, according to the varying organism—G. Beckwith.
Beckwith, George Mather, 1805-1883
Beckwith, Martha [“Maggie”] L. [dau. of George Beckwith], 1841-

This George is apparently George Mather Beckwith, and not the aforementioned George Cone Beckwith. Live and/or learn!

Well, here is something about George Mather Beckwith, son of Baruch Beckwith and Lucy Mather, a sescendant of Increase Mather.