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Mystics of the Christian Tradition - Steven Fanning

Mystics of the Christian Tradition

Paperback Published: 5th April 2001
ISBN: 9780415224680
Number Of Pages: 279

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From visions and voices to self-torture and levitation, mystical phenomena have shaped the Christian heritage. Spanning two thousand years of Christian history, "Mystics of the Christian Tradition" examines the lives, times, and mystical experiences of almost one hundred Christian mystics from Jesus to the later Roman Catholic saints.
In colorful detail, Fanning explores how mysticism has been defined throughout the ages. St. Francis of Assisi, hearing the voice of God, was led to live with lepers and kiss their sores. Margery Kempe, divinely inspired, took weeping to new decibel levels. Even Joan of Arc and Christopher Columbus might be seen as mystics, spurred to action by divine vision.
While the term mystical may be used as a synonym for the occult or the bizarre, mysticism, Fanning argues, is at the heart of all religions. Not only the founders of the great world religions -- Christ, the Buddha, Mahomet -- but also the leaders of the mainstream Christian sects drew strength from direct contact with the divine. And today, the revival of mysticism is one of the most remarkable trends of contemporary spiritual life.
Enlightening, mysterious, and a great read, "Mystics of the Christian Tradition" is a comprehensive guide to the mystics of the Christian church and their meaning for the present.

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"This series more than any other has resurrected interest in whole legions of spiritual writers who would otherwise have been neglected...a good, clear and helpful read. A useful reference that is a good addition to present scholarship on the subject." Peter Tyler, Food for the Journey - Books

List of plates and timelinesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Platesp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Originsp. 6
Mysticism in the Greco-Roman worldp. 6
Mysticism and the foundation of Christianityp. 14
The Post-Apostolic Churchp. 20
The Eastern Churchp. 22
The Alexandrian Asceticsp. 22
The Desert Fathersp. 27
The Byzantine Churchp. 30
The Russian Churchp. 45
The Western Church in the Middle Agesp. 75
The earlier Middle Agesp. 75
The New Mysticismp. 85
The Beguinesp. 94
The age of repression and the mystics of the Rhineland and the Low Countriesp. 101
English mystics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuriesp. 119
Mystics in Italy in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuriesp. 128
Mystics in Early Modern Europe: the Reformation, the effloresence of mysticism in Spain and Francep. 139
Anabaptists and Lutheransp. 140
Spanish mystics of the Golden Agep. 149
French mystics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuriesp. 158
Post-Reformation mystics in England and America: the twentieth-century revival of mysticismp. 175
English mysticismp. 175
American Protestant mysticismp. 190
Twentieth-century Catholic mysticismp. 202
Twentieth-century mystical writers on mysticismp. 209
Epiloguep. 216
Notesp. 221
Glossaryp. 253
Timelinesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780415224680
ISBN-10: 0415224683
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 279
Published: 5th April 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1