The Foundations of Mysticism: Origins to the Fifth Century
In this first volume of the highly-acclaimed Presence of God series, Bernard McGinn explores the origins of Christian mysticism, from early Jewish apocalyptic writings to pre-Christian Greek contemplative thought; the New Testament witnesses; early Greek Patristic thought; and the contribution of early monastic practice. In Part 2, McGinn discusses Western Christian mysticism proper, with special attention to Augustine of Hippo. Of special interest is the now-influential appendix, which reviews various theoretical approaches to mysticism.
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Review: The Foundations of Mysticism: Presence of God:A History of Western Christian Mysticism, Vol 1 (Presence of God: a History of Western Christian Mysticism)User Review - Goodreads
I just reading this book for the second time in anticipation of reading McGinn's entire series. This is magisterial! Particularly appreciated is the rich appendix on the theological, philosophical, and psychological dimensions explored in the past couple of centuries.
Review: The Foundations of Mysticism: Presence of God:A History of Western Christian Mysticism, Vol 1 (Presence of God: a History of Western Christian Mysticism)User Review - booklady - Goodreads
Have discovered extensive highlighting in my copy of this book, which I know I bought new ... so I must have started this once before and indeed parts of it are very familiar. Begins with seeds of ... Read full review
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