The Hidden Tradition of Christian Mysticism

"The Christian of the future will be a mystic or... will not exist at all." Karl Rahner, SJ

“The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” Karl Rahner, SJ

This is an article I wrote for the summer 2010 issue of Evolve! magazine.

Karl Rahner, one of the most renowned Christian theologians of the twentieth century, once famously remarked that “the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” For people whose experience of Christianity is, often, little more than a religion invested in obedience and in patriarchal morality, this seems to be a bold statement. After all, mysticism implies not legalistic religion, but living spirituality —  heart-felt experience of the Divine, centered on a miraculous and joyful appreciation of the Spirit’s ability to heal and transform lives. Can Christianity and mysticism really co-exist? Continue reading…

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