Western Mysticism: Augustine, Gregory, and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative Life

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Courier Corporation, 2003 - Philosophy - 242 pages
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This collection presents the writings of three of Western Christianity's most revered teachers of mystical theology. In addition to personal accounts by Saint Augustine, Saint Gregory, and Saint Bernard of their religious experiences, Western Mysticism discusses speculative contemplation, defines mysticism and its characteristics, and contrasts contemplative and active lives.
  

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Contents

SPECULATIVE CONTEMPLATION
1
WHAT MYSTICISM IS
3
ST AUGUSTINE
17
ST GREGORY THE GREAT
63
ST BERNARD
93
SUMMARY
121
EPILOGUE
133
THE VALIDITY OF THE MYSTICS CLAIM
135
PRACTICAL THE CONTEMPLATIVE AND ACTIVE LIVES
155
ST GREGORY THE GREAT
169
ST BERNARD
189
SUMMARY
199
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