Divine Light

Divine Light: The Theology of Denys the Areopagite By William Riordan San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanTo fully grasp the beauty and complexity (and some would say, the challenge) of Christian mysticism, sooner or later you will contend with the elusive sixth-century figure known variously as Denys, Dionysius, or Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite. We don't know his real name. In his own writings, he passes himself off as a figure briefly mentioned in the New Testament … [Read more...]

Bet you didn’t see this one on the GRE…

Please fill in the blank:Contemplative is to mystic as __________________ is to shaman.Any takers? … [Read more...]

Shamanic Christianity

Shamanic Christianity: The Direct Experience of Mystical Communion By Bradford Keeney Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2006I wanted — at least in theory — to like this book.After all, I'm the guy who calls himself "the Druid with a Rosary." My spiritual identity is significantly linked to exploring ways to integrate Christianity with various forms of earth-based wisdom. So obviously, a book on shamanic Christianity sounded like just the kind of book I would love.But this is not a boo … [Read more...]