Two Worlds are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

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Fortress Press, 2005 - Religion - 287 pages
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In this masterful historical survey, theologian JohnMacquarrie demonstrates how Christians, especially thegreat mystics, have experienced at their own "radiant core"the love and presence of God.

The word mysticism evokes ecstatic visions, asceticism, andesoteric teaching. Yet, the author maintains, mystics arebetter thought of as people who exhibit common humancuriosity, long to explore religious mystery, and ultimatelyfind a deep personal relationship with God.

Macquarrie discusses in detail the ten common traits ofmysticism before tracing two millennia of Christianmysticism. He mainly allows the mystics to speak forthemselves, but he is also particularly insightful aboutthe greatest individuals of the tradition — from Paul to thepatristic Platonists to the classic medieval mystics to a hostof twentieth-century exemplars.

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John Macquarrie was Lady Margaret Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Oxford and Canon Emeritus of Christ Church in Oxford prior ro his death in 2007. Macquarrie is internationally known as an outstanding interpreter of theology.

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