The Foundations of Mysticism: Origins to the Fifth Century

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Crossroad, 1991 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 516 pages
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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  - Ephrem - 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. Read full review

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  - Emily - Goodreads

I need to reread this book more thoroughly, but I know McGinn is a highly-respected scholar of mysticism, specifically Meister Eckhart, my favorite/subject of study. His writing is clear and engaging, especially for a textbook. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
Conclusion
155
Theoretical Foundations
263
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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).

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