Mystics of the Christian Tradition by Steven Fanning

By Steven Fanning

From divine visions to self-tortures, a few unusual mystical reviews have formed the Christian culture as we all know it. jam-packed with vibrant element, Mystics of the Christian culture examines the paranormal studies that experience made up our minds the historical past of Christianity over thousand years, and divulges the usually sexual nature of those encounters with the divine. during this attention-grabbing account, Fanning finds how God's direct revelation to St Francis of Assisi resulted in his dwelling with lepers and kissing their sores, and describes the magical lifetime of Margery Kempe who 'took weeping to new decibel levels'. via featuring the lives of just about 100 mystics, this huge survey invitations us to contemplate what it ability to be a mystic and to discover how humans reminiscent of Joan of Arc had their lives made up our minds by means of divine visions. Mystics of the Christian culture is a accomplished advisor to getting to know what mysticism capability and who the mystics of the Christian culture truly have been.

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225), to whom Christianity was a religion of revelation and who was attracted to the strict asceticism of Montanism. Tertullian reported the ecstatic experiences by a woman during church services and how it was regarded by the Montanist community: There is among us a sister who has been favored with wonderful gifts of revelation which she experiences in an ecstasy of the spirit during the sacred ceremonies on the Lord’s day. She converses with the angels and, sometimes, with the Lord Himself. She perceives hidden mysteries and has the power of reading the hearts of men and of prescribing remedies for such as need them.

42 Jesus continued his mystagogical role by giving his disciples the same power to heal and to perform miracles that he had received from the Spirit and, after his resurrection, Jesus “opened their minds” to understand Scripture, a revelation usually considered to be a mystical gift. Moreover, Jesus is represented as constantly desiring mystical solitude and prayer, withdrawing alone into deserted, lonely places and hills so that he could spend long hours communicating with the Father in prayer.

73 The challenge of Montanism further stimulated the growth of episcopal authority in the main body of Christianity and soured it on new prophecies based on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just as with Paul, the Christian community of the second century was in a bind – it both honored the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit within the church and was wary of purported revelations that challenged in any manner the authority of the ecclesiastical leaders or of its increasingly specific and narrowing orthodox faith.

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