William Harmless S.J.
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IN mystics, William Harmless introduces readers to the scholarly study of mysticism. He explores both mystics extraordinary lives and their no-less-extraordinary writings using a unique case-study method centerted on detailed examinations of six major Christian mystics. Thomas Merton,Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard of Bingen, Bonaventure,Meister Eckhart and Evagrius Ponticus. Rather than presenting mysticism as a subtle web of psychological or theological abstractions , Harmless 's case-study approach bringsthings down to earth , restoring mystics to their historical context.
Harmless highllights the pungent diversity of mystical experiences and mysticsal theologies. Stepping beyond Christianity he also explores mystical elements within Islam and Buddhism, offering a chapteron the popular Sufi poet, Rumi, and one of the famous Japanese Zen Master, Dogen. Harmless concludes with an overview of the century-long scholarly conversastion on mysticism and offers a unique, multifaceted optic for understanding mystics, their communities and heir writings. Geared to a wide audience, Mystics balances state-of-the-art scholarship with accessible lucid prose.