The Foundations of Mysticism
The Foundations of Mysticism

The Foundations of Mysticism

Origins to the Fifth Century

The Presence of God

RELIGION

516 Pages, 6 x 9 1/4

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $54.95)

Publication Date: April 2004

ISBN 9780824514044

Rights: WOR

The Crossroad Publishing Company (Apr 2004)
Herder & Herder

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Overview

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.