The Growth of Mysticism

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Crossroad, Jan 1, 1994 - Religion - 630 pages
Bernard McGinn, considered by experts to be the best scholar of Western Christian mysticism in the world, became known far beyond academia with the 1991 publication of The Foundations of Mysticism: Origins to the Fifth Century. The initial volume in a four-volume series was greeted with immediate and unprecedented critical praise. This second volume, The Growth of Mysticism, will also stand on its own as a towering achievement, taking up the story from 500 to 1200 CE. It is the fascinating history of early medieval mysticism when monasticism was the dominant religious and educational institution of the new post-Roman world. It brings to life such visionaries as Gregory the Great, John Scottus Eriugena, Bernard of Clairvaux, and many others. Filled with knowledge and wisdom, The Growth of Mysticism is grounded in the highest scholarship.

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THE GROWTH OF MYSTICISM: Gregory the Great Through the Twelfth Century

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From Pope Gregory the Great in the fifth century to the death of Richard of St. Victor in 1173, the author of The Anti-Christ (p. 1339) continues his highly acclaimed history of Western mystics and ... Read full review

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This second of a projected four volumes on the history of mysticism in Western Christianity, by which the author means Roman and later also Protestant mysticism, covers the period from A.D. 500 to ... Read full review


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The Entry of Dialectical Mysticism
Mystical Elements in Early Medieval Monasticism

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About the author (1994)

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His many books include "Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil" and "The Presence of God," a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism.

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