A Few Gems from the Protestant Mystics

I'm reading Fremantle's The Protestant Mystics in preparation for the class I will be teaching on this topic this spring. There are quite a few gems in this book. Here is a sampling for your morning meditations. As you can see, I've just barely made it out of the seventeenth century as of yet — so there's more to come. I wish all this nation knew how sweet His breath is; it is little to see Christ in a book, as men do the world in a card; they talk of Christ by the book and the tongue, and no m … [Read more...]

The Protestant Mystics

Here are the details of my forthcoming class:Mystics of the Protestant, Reformed and Evangelical Traditions Six Tuesday Evenings, April 6 through May 11, 2010 7:00 - 8:30 PM First Christian Church of Atlanta 4532 LaVista Road Tucker, GA 30084 Ours is an age of Spiritual renewal, and many Christians are sensing a call to a deeper life of devotion and conscious contact with God. Traditionally, the spiritual disciplines — and resulting experience — associated with such a hunger for the presence of … [Read more...]

Protestant Mystics and Catholic Mystics

I've begun work on a lesson plan for a course on "the Protestant Mystics" that I will be offering at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Atlanta this spring (details as to date and time, etc. still have to be worked out, but as soon as I know the particulars I'll post them here). For my research, I'm using an old, out of print anthology edited by Anne Fremantle, The Protestant Mystics. The book features a wonderful introduction by W. H. Auden, which I've quoted from on this blog … [Read more...]