Introduction to World Mysticism

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Central to many cultural trends is mysticism—a vague word that can be translated as "the spiritual principle at the heart of religion." Many people believe mysticism is the golden thread that unites all the world's religions, while others scoff at the idea. Decide for yourself in this class as we explore major themes and writings from the world's great mystical traditions. Using Phyllis Zagano's Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology as our textbook, we'll examine the … [Read more...]

Contemplative Spirituality Online Course

Center for Progressive Renewal

FOSTERING CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY FOR YOUR CHURCH (AND YOURSELF) An Online Course for Clergy and Lay Leaders Course Description: A common theme in our society today is the hunger for experience. From new age spiritualties, to the growth of Buddhism and other eastern spiritualties, to the rise of Pentecostalism, a driving force in today's spiritual landscape is the quest for "experiential" spirituality rather than an abstract doctrinal faith. For Christians, the heart of experiential … [Read more...]

Answering the Contemplative Call ebooks now available

I'm happy to announce that three different ebook versions of Answering the Contemplative Call are now available. Pick your preferred version: Kindle Version Nook Version iBooks Version And of course, if you'd rather have the old fashioned paper-&-ink version: Buy it at Amazon But it at Barnes & Noble But it at an Independent Bookstore (Online or Near You) Hope you enjoy the book. … [Read more...]

A shout out to Evelyn Underhill and her wonderful book

Over the next few weeks or so I'll be posting four new videos on Youtube. One will be an "about me" video, one in which I talk about my three most recent books, one in which I talk about an idea I first presented at the Patheos website on "compass points for the spiritual life," and finally, this short little segment on "the book that changed my life." Here you go, it's only a minute long:   About two years ago I gave a paper on Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism at a conference on the … [Read more...]

Answering the Contemplative Call

Answering the Contemplative CallI am pleased to announce that my forthcoming book, Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path, has been entered into the Amazon.com database. The book will not be released until January 2013, but you can pre-order your copy by clicking here. Eventually the book will also be available on Kindle and Nook, but if you like a good old fashioned paper-and-ink book, you can pre-order this title now. Here's a bit of information about the … [Read more...]

Christian Mysticism Class at Evening at Emory begins October 13

There's still time to register for the Introduction to Christian Mysticism class being offered through the Evening at Emory program. Continuing education credit is available for this 5-week class. To register, click here. Here's the course description from the Emory website: Introduction to Christian Mysticism Evening at EmoryHumanities and Cultural Studies The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not … [Read more...]

The Big eBook of Christian Mysticism?

Amazon's announcement yesterday of several new versions of the Kindle, including a reader that retails for only $79 and their first color reader (for a mere $199), should convince even the most confirmed skeptic that not only are e-books here to stay, but that they will follow the path of the MP3, and only become increasingly popular as a reading format. My latest sales report for The Big Book of Christian Mysticism shows that e-book sales account for almost 25% of the book's total sales … [Read more...]


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