By Ursula King
Ursula King’s Christian Mystics tells the tale of sixty women and men whose mystical devotion to God remodeled the days during which they lived and nonetheless impacts our present-day look for religious which means. relocating from key figures of the early Christian age to the nice mystics of contemporary instances, particular emphasis is given to the nice excessive issues of mysticism within the medieval, early smooth and japanese Orthodox traditions. The lives of visionaries, together with Clement of Alexandria, Saint Bonaventure, Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil are studied intimately. It finds the richly different expressions that mystical event has chanced on in the course of thousand years of Christian historical past and exhibits the way it underpins Christian ritual and doctrine as a resource of non secular concept for all believers. superbly illustrated and written by means of a renowned identify within the British educational international, this crucial textual content has got excessive acclaim and is the one booklet to add biographies of key mystics.
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