There is a power in the soul which touches neither time nor flesh, flowing from the spirit, remaining in the spirit, altogether spiritual. (German sermon 7, trans M.OC. Walshe)

Mystics

Mystics
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.

 

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