Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism

ISBN-10: 0812974212

ISBN-13: 9780812974218

Edition: 2006

Authors: Bernard McGinn
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Description: This clear and comprehensive anthology, culled from the vast corpus of Christian mystical literature by the renowned theologian and historian Bernard McGinn, presents nearly one hundred selections, from the writings of Origen of Alexandria in the third century to the work of twentieth-century mystics such as Thomas Merton. Uniquely organized by subject rather than by author, "The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism "explores how human life is transformed through the search for direct contact with God. Part one examines the preparation for encountering God through biblical interpretation and prayer; the second part focuses on the mystics' actual encounters with God; and part three addresses the implications of the mystical life, showing how mystics have been received over time, and how they practice their faith through private contemplation and public actions. In addition to his illuminating Introduction, Bernard McGinn provides accessible headnotes for each section, as well as numerous biographical sketches and a selected bibliography. Praise for "The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism " "No one is better equipped than Bernard McGinn to provide a thorough and balanced guide to this vast literature....This is an anthology which deserves to be read not only by those who study Christian history and theology, but by believers who long to deepen their own lives of prayer and service." -- "Anglican Theological Review" "Bernard McGinn, a preeminent historian and interpreter of theChristian mystical tradition, has edited this fine collection of mystical writings, organizing them thematically....McGinn offers helpful introductions to each thematic section, author and entry, as well as a brief critical bibliography on mysticism. Published in the Modern Library Classic series, this is a great value." - "Christian Century " "No-one is better equipped than Professor McGinn to provide a thorough and balanced guide to this vast literature. A first-class selection, by a first-class scholar." -- Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury "This accessible anthology by the scholarly world's leading historian of the Western Christian mystical tradition easily outstrips all others in its comprehensiveness, the aptness of its selection of texts, and in the intelligent manner of its organization." -- Denys Turner, Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, Yale Divinity School "An immensely rich anthology, assembled and introduced by our foremost student of mysticism. Both the scholar and the disciple will find God's plenty here." -- Barbara Newman, Professor of English, Religion, and Classics, John Evans Professor of Latin, Northwestern University "An unusually clear and insightful exposition of major texts selected by one of the greatest scholars in the field of Christian mysticism, based on his vast erudition and uniquely sensitive interpretation. Like his other books, this one too is destined to become a classic." -- ProfessorMoshe Idel, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.19" wide x 7.98" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188

Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor of Historical Theology and History of Christianity at the University of Chicago, is the author of many books, including Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages(Columbia).

Preface
Introduction
Foundations of Mystical Practice
Biblical Interpretation
Introduction
Commentary on the Song of Songs
The Life of Moses
Sermon on Psalm 41 (Vulgate)
Sermons on the Song of Songs 23
Sermon 2
Commentary on the Song of Songs
Asceticism and Purgation
Introduction
The Life of St. Antony
Praktikos
The Life of Mary of Oignies
Purgation and Purgatory
The Ascent of Mount Carmel
Prayer, Liturgy, and Sacraments
Introduction
Prayer
Armenian Hymn No. 1
Conferences 9 and 10
The Third Ethical Discourse
Vision VII
Sermon 39
On the Four Stages of Prayer
The Way of the Pilgrim
Inner and Outer Practices
Introduction
The Philokalia, "Discourse on Abba Philimon"
Carthusian Customs
Spiritual Friendship
Letters of Spiritual Direction
The Spiritual Guide
Mystical Itineraries
Introduction
The Threefold Way
The Four Degrees of Violent Charity
The Mind's Journey into God
The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls
Sermon 39
The Ladder of Perfection
Aspects of Mystical Consciousness
Living the Trinity
Introduction
On the Trinity
The Mirror of Faith
The Flowing Light of the Godhead
The One Hundred and Fifty Chapters
The Living Flame of Love
Encountering Christ
Introduction
Sermons on the Song of Songs 74
Francis of Assisi and the Stigmata
The Clock of Wisdom
Revelations of Divine Love
Encounters with Christ
Love and Knowledge
Introduction
The Golden Letter
Sermons on the Song of Songs 83
The Cloud of Unknowing
Two Letters on Mystical Theology
True Christianity
Positive and Negative Ways to God
Introduction
The Mystical Theology
Two Songs of Praise
The Granum Sinapis: Poem and Commentary
English Poets on God in Nature
Hymn of the Universe
Vision, Contemplation, and Rapture
Introduction
Contemplation in the Fathers
Augustine on Vision and Rapture
Dialogues 2.35
Hymn 18
Hildegard of Bingen as Visionary and Theorist of Visions
Contemplation and Its Forms
The Fire of Love
On the Vision of God
Autobiography
Life
Excerpts from The Journal
Distress and Dereliction
Introduction
Moral Interpretation of Job
The Memorial
Sermon 3
The Dark Night of the Soul
Story of a Soul
Deification and Birthing
Introduction
Deification Among the Fathers
Birthing in Patristic and Medieval Texts
Questions to Thalassius
Sermon 101
Theologia Deutsch
Union with God
Introduction
Homily 10
On Loving God
Sermon 52
The Little Book of Enlightenment
The Interior Castle 7.1-2
The Spiritual Canticle
The Treatise on the Love of God
The Relation of 1654
Implications of the Mystical Life
Mysticism and Heresy
Introduction
Mystical Heresy in Early Christianity
The Heresy of the Free Spirit
Meister Eckhart's Condemnation
The Condemnations of Quietism
Francois Fenelon, Explication of the Maxims of the Saints Regarding the Interior Life
Contemplation and Action
Introduction
Pastoral Care 2.5
Sermons on the Song of Songs 50
Selections from Sermon 86
The Cloud of Unknowing
The Dialogue
New Seeds of Contemplation
A Brief Critical Bibliography on Christian Mysticism
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