The Books I Would Take

Twice this week, an interesting question came up.A few nights ago my wife had a nightmare. In it there was an unspecified terrorist attack on Atlanta, and we were forced to evacuate. We only had a few minutes to decide what to take with us. She shared the dream with me the following morning, and we talked about what would be important enough to grab: Rhiannon's meds? My laptop? Family photos? My eyes gazed over the literally thousands of books that fill our house. I wondered, which books would … [Read more...]

The Mystical Psalms

Last night I was reading through the New American Standard version of the Psalms, and discovered these verses, all of which suggest a spirituality of contemplation and silent resting/waiting for God: Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. — Psalm 4:4Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. — Psalm 37:7My soul, wait in silence for God onl … [Read more...]

How Mysticism is like Poetry

Christian critics of mysticism attack it because they say that it is "unscriptural," that is to say, it's supposedly not in the Bible. My only guess about how this piece of logic was born stems from the fact that the word mysticism itself never appears in the Bible. "Mystery," from which mysticism is derived, does appear, but that's not enough to satisfy the critics.But students of mysticism recognize that the Bible is drenched in mysticism. How, then, do the critics miss it? I think it has to … [Read more...]

Mysticism, Scripture, Tradition and Reason

I have just now read yet another post from a blogger who attacks contemplative prayer. I'm going to have to give this up for Lent, and start two months early. It's rather soul-numbing to slog through such writing devoted to the ideology of fear, particularly since I'm just not learning anything new. Again and again, it's all the same old arguments:Contemplation/Meditation/Mysticism is gnostic; Contemplation/Meditation/Mysticism is eastern spirituality in … [Read more...]