Why Should Evangelicals Read the Mystics?

My co-worker and fellow Lay-Cistercian Jacquie alerted me to the following essay (and blogger's commentary thereof):Why Should Thoughtful Evangelicals Read the Medieval Mystics?Christian History Blog: Prominent Reformed Evangelical Promotes Medieval MysticsSince I'm not an evangelical (in the sectarian sense of the word), I'll refrain from commenting on these essays, other than to note that I since I don't share the perspective from which these writers come from, naturally I don't share … [Read more...]

I need a Hebrew scholar to help me with a passage in Isaiah

If you are reading this blog and you are a scholar of Hebrew — or know someone who is — please get in touch (or have your friend get in touch) with me. I'm interested in the following passage, which I am going to present in three different English versions: first, a Jewish translation, then two Christian renderings. The passage in question is Isaiah 45:4-5.For the sake of My servant Jacob, Israel My chosen one, I call you by name, I hail you by title, though you have not known Me. I am the LOR … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

Thomas Merton on Sanctity

The saint knows that the world and everything made by God is good, while those who are not saints either think that created things are unholy, or else they don't bother about the question one way or another because they are only interested in themselves. The eyes of the saint make all beauty holy and the hands of the saint consecrate everything they touch to the glory of God, and the saint is never offended by anything and judges no man's sin because he does not know sin. He knows the mercy of … [Read more...]

To be “open and free” with one’s views?

Longtime readers of this blog know that I am fascinated by the atheist critique of Christianity. Sometimes that gets directed at me specifically, as in this comment — by a skeptic who posted several comments here at the Website of Unknowing, and then made the following observation about this blog on the Darkness Forum: One of the things that bothers me about this blog and many others is that there is no real discourse between spiritualism and scepticism. Many of these people are deluding t … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

I have found heaven on earth, since heaven is God, and God is in my soul. — Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity … [Read more...]

Embedded Mysticism

Thanks to Peter for alerting me to a fascinating review of a new book called Mystics by William Harmless. Harmless examines a variety of both Christian and non-Christian mystics and interpreters of mysticism, and draws the conclusion that mysticism is so fundamentally embedded in its cultural and religious/theological context that the modern/romanticist notion that suggests "all mysticism is the same" is called into question. I have long felt that it is a mistake to see mysticism as reducible to … [Read more...]