Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the by Ursula King

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 good mystics of recent occasions, 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 unearths the richly varied expressions that mystical event has chanced on in the course of thousand years of Christian background and indicates the way it underpins Christian ritual and doctrine as a resource of religious suggestion for all believers. superbly illustrated and written by means of a well known identify within the British educational global, this crucial textual content has obtained excessive acclaim and is the single ebook to add biographies of key mystics.

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He recounts this extraordinary experience in the prologue of his Itinerarium, to which he gave the subtitle The Mendicant’s Vision in the Wilderness. It is because of this vision of the seraph that St. ” It is through this mystical theology that Bonaventure provides his spiritual instruction, which is centered on the unify ing experience of divine illumination. He holds an Medieval mystics 37 essentially mystical theory of knowledge that follows the Augustinian tradition. This made him less interested in the new Aristotelian doctrines that became known at that time and are chiefly associated with the theology of St.

Bonaventure, the “Doctor Seraphicus,” who described the soul’s mystical ascent to God. Another example of Franciscan mysticism is found in Angela of Foligno (c. 1248–1309), a Franciscan Tertiary, or lay member, of the order who, after marriage, conversion and the deaths of her husband, children and mother, led an ascetic life. During a pilgrimage to Assisi she experienced mystical visions of the Trinity, which culminated in the knowledge of “Love Uncreate” and its image in the human soul. Other great medieval mystics include Hildegard, the famous abbess from Bingen who has become especially well known in recent years.

Bonaventure (1221–1274) Born near Viterbo in central Italy, Bonaventure studied at the University of Paris and subsequently became a professor of theology there. In 1242 he entered the Franciscan order, of which he was made head, or minister general, in 1257. Later still he was made a bishop and cardinal. As such he played a significant part at the Council of Lyons in 1274, which was still sitting when he died. He left a considerable body of writings, including commentaries on the Scriptures, but he was most influential through his mystical theology, which he set forth in his Itinerarium Mentis in Deum, or The Mind’s Journey to God, his greatest speculative and mystical work.

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