Voice of a Non-Dualist Christian Woman

I think I may have found an important feminine voice in the field of interfaith mysticism: Sara Grant, R.S.C.J. Look at this description of one of her books, from the University of Notre Dame Press Website: Toward an Alternative Theology: Confessions of a Non-Dualist Christian By Sara Grant, R.S.C.J. Introduction by Bradley J. MalkovskyToward an Alternative Theology: Confessions of a Non-Dualist Christian is the spiritual and intellectual autobiography of Sara Grant, a Roman Catholic Scottish … [Read more...]

I did not kill your father… I AM your father!

So... am I the only one to see a family resemblance here? … [Read more...]

A Conversation about Mysticism

Yesterday Google Alerts brought to my attention a new blog called Are There No More Idols? Is There No Place Left to Hide? The Time is Near! The inaugural post on this blog, by a woman named Diane, attacks Rob Bell because of his advocacy of mysticism.Now normally when I come across an anti-mysticism blog I might spend a few minutes looking at it to see if there are any new arguments arising from that camp (I've yet to find anything beyond the standard anti-Catholic or anti-Eastern rhetoric, … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

No one needs, I suppose, to be told that the two chief features of Christian schematic theology are the dogmas of the Trinity and the Incarnation. They correlate and explain each other: forming together, for the Christian, the "final key" to the riddle of the world. The history of practical and institutional Christianity is the history of the attempt to exhibit their meaning in space and time. The history of mystical philosophy is the history — still incomplete — of the demonstration of their mea … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

In actual fact, contemplation is not the reward of a virtuous life; it is a necessity for a virtuous life. — Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God  … [Read more...]

William Blake

Today is William Blake's 250th birthday.I first learned that such a thing as mysticism existed when I studied Blake in my 11th grade English class. My teacher, Mrs. Romano, gave us a handout about Blake, in which she described him as "a mystic." I asked her what that meant. She fumbled through her answer, but basically suggested he was a super-spiritual visionary. I don't know if I fell in love with Blake or with mysticism that day, but both appealed to me.When I was in college, I simply … [Read more...]

Theological Dictionary Word of the Day

Here's a fun blog: the Theological Dictionary Word of the Day.Yesterday's "word of the day" was "Christian Mysticism." Click here to read the definition. … [Read more...]