Natural Mysticism and “The Genuine Article”

A reader writes: Hi Carl, I have gathered that Christian mystics distinguish between ‘natural mysticism’ and what they see as the genuine article. However I am unclear on the difference. In addition I wonder how this critique maps onto mysticism in other traditions – does it amount to anything more than faith or belief in the necessity of orthodox Christian doctrine as the ‘skeleton’ of practice? Thanks for a great question, and I'm sorry that for now I can only give the briefest of replies (toda … [Read more...]