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The essential writings of Christian mysticism

edited and with an introduction by Bernard McGinn.
  • New York : Modern Library, 2006.
  • Modern Library pbk. ed.
  • xviii, 559 pages ; 21 cm.
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Summary
  • 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.
Contents
  • 1: Foundations of mystical practice
  • Biblical interpretation
  • Asceticism and purgation
  • Prayer, liturgy, and sacraments
  • Inner and outer practices
  • Mystical itineraries
  • 2: Aspects of mystical consciousness
  • Living the trinity
  • Encountering Christ
  • Love and knowledge
  • Positive and negative ways to God
  • Vision, contemplation, and rapture
  • Distress and dereliction
  • Deification and birthing
  • Union with God
  • 3: Implications of the mystical life
  • Mysticism and heresy
  • Contemplation and action.
  • Preface
  • Introduction / Bernard Mcginn
  • Part One Foundations Of Mystical Practice
  • Section 1: Biblical Interpretation
  • Introduction
  • 1. Origen, Commentary On The Song Of Songs
  • 2. Gregory Of Nyssa, The Life Of Moses
  • 3. Augustine Of Hippo, Sermon On Psalm 41 (Vulgate)
  • 4. Bernard Of Clairvaux, Sermons On The Song Of Songs
  • 5. Meister Eckhart, Sermon
  • 6. Madame Guyon, Commentary On The Song Of Songs
  • Section 2: Asceticism And Purgation
  • Introduction
  • 1. Athanasius Of Alexandria, The Life Of St. Antony
  • 3. Evagrius Ponticus, Praktikos
  • 3. James Of Vitry, The Life Of Mary Of Oignies
  • 4. Catherine Of Genoa, Purgation And Purgatory
  • 5. John Of The Cross, The Ascent Of Mount Carmel
  • Section 3: Prayer, Liturgy, And Sacraments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Origen, Prayer
  • Ephrem The Syrian, Armenian Hymn No. 1
  • 3. John Sassian, Conferences 9 And 10
  • 4. Symeon The New Theologian, The Third Ethical Discourse
  • 5. Hadewijch Of Antwerp, Vision Vii
  • 6. John Tauler, Sermon
  • 7. Teresa Of Avila, On The Four Stages Of Prayer
  • 8. The Way Of The Pilgrim
  • Section 4: Inner And Outer Practices
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Philokalia, "Discourse On Abba Philimon
  • 2. Guigo I, Carthusian Customs
  • 3. Aelred Of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship
  • 4. Letters Of Spiritual Direction
  • 5. Miguel De Molinos, The Spiritual Guide
  • Section 5: Mystical Itineraries
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Threefold Way
  • 2. Richard Of St. Victor, The Four Degrees Of Violent Charity
  • 3. Bonaventure, The Mind's Journey Into God
  • 4. Marguerite Portete, The Mirror Of Simple Annihilated Souls
  • 5. John Tauler, Sermon 39
  • 6. Walter Hilton, The Ladder Of Perfection
  • Part Two Aspects Of Mystical Consciousness
  • Section 6: Living The Trinity
  • Introduction
  • 1. Augustine, On The Trinity
  • 2. William Of Saint-Theirry, The Mirror Of Faith
  • 3. Mechthild Of Magdeburg, The Flowing Light Of The Godhead
  • 4. Gregory Palamas, The One Hundred And Fifty Chapters
  • 5. John Of The Cross, The Living Flame Of Love
  • Section 7: Encountering Christ
  • Introduction
  • 1. Bernard Of Clairvaux, Sermons On The Song Of Songs
  • 2. Francis Of Assisi And The Stigmata
  • 3. Henry Suso, The Clock Of Wisdom
  • 4. Julian Of Norwich, Revelations Of Divine Love
  • 5. Simone Weil, Encounters With Christ
  • Section 8: Love And Knowledge
  • Section 8: Love And Knowledge
  • Inroduction
  • 1. William Of Saint-Thierry, The Golden Letter
  • 2. Bernard Of Clairvaux, Sermons On The Song Of Songs
  • 3. The Cloud Of Unknowing
  • 4. Nicholas Of Cusa, Two Letters On Mystical Theology
  • 5. Johann Arndt, True Christianity
  • Section 9: Positive And Negative Ways To God
  • Introduction
  • 1. Dionysius, The Mystical Theology
  • 2. Francis Of Assisi, Two Songs Of Praise
  • 3. The Granum Sinapis: Poem And Commentary
  • 4. English Poets On God In Nature
  • 5. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Hymn Of The Universe
  • Section 10: Vision, Contemplation, And Rapture
  • Introduction
  • 1. Contemplation In The Fathers
  • 2. Augustine On Vision And Rapture
  • 3. Gregory The Great, Dialogues 2.35
  • 4. Symeon The New Theologian, Hymn 18
  • 5. Hildegard Of Bingen As Visionary And Theorist Of Visions
  • 6. Hugh Of St. Victor, Contemplation And Its Forms
  • 7. Richard Rolle, The Fire Of Love
  • 8. Nicholas Of Cusa On The Vision Of God
  • 9. Ignatius Of Loyola, Autobiography
  • 10. Teresa Of Avila, Life
  • 11. George Fox, Excerpts From The Journal
  • Section 11: Distress And Dereliction
  • Introduction
  • 1. Gregory The Great, Moral Interpretation Of Job
  • 2. Angela Of Foligno, The Memorial
  • 3. John Tauler, Sermon 3
  • 4. John Of The Cross, The Dard Night Of The Soul
  • . Therese Of Lisieux, Story Of A Soul
  • Section 12: Deification And Birthing
  • Introduction
  • 1. Deification Among The Fathers
  • 2. Birthing In Patristic And Medieval Texts
  • 3. Maximus The Confessor, Questions To Thalassius
  • 4. Meister Eckhart, Sermon 101
  • 5. Theologia Deutsch
  • Section 13: Union With God
  • Introduction
  • 1. Macarius, Homily 10
  • 2. Bernard Of Clairvaux, On Loving God
  • 3. Meister Eckhart, Sermon 52
  • 4. John Ruusbroec, The Little Book Of Enlightenment
  • 5. Teresa Of Avila, The Interior Castle 7.1-2
  • 6. John Of The Cross, The Spiritual Canticle
  • 7. Francis De Sales, The Treatise On The Love Of God
  • 8. Marie Of The Incarnation, The Relation Of 1654
  • Part Three Implications Of The Mystical Life
  • Section 14: Mysticism And Heresy - Introduction
  • 1. Mystical Heresy In Early Christianity
  • 2. The Heresy Of The Free Spirit
  • 3. Meister Eckhart's Condemnation
  • 4. The Condemnations Of Quietism
  • 5. Francois Fenelon, Explication Of The Maxims Of The Saints Regarding The Interior Life
  • Section 15: Contemplation And Action
  • Introduction
  • 1. Gregory The Great, Pastoral Care 2.5
  • 2. Bernard Of Clairvaux, Sermons On The Song Of Songs 50
  • 3. Meister Eckhart, Selections From Sermon 86
  • 4. The Cloud Of Unknowing
  • 5. Catherine Of Siena, The Dialogue
  • 6. Thomas Merton, New Seeds Of Contemplation
  • A Brief Critical Bibliography On Christian Mysticism.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 553-559).
ISBN
  • 0812974212
  • 9780812974218
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2006044877
  • OCLC: 65341336
  • OCLC: 65341336