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 - 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
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 - Glen - Goodreads
First and best volume of an epic history of mysticism in the west. In this volume he constructs a great theoretical and historical framework for understanding the Christian mystical tradition. Read full review
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