An Idea for Interfaith Contemplative Theology

This came to me this morning as I was talking my morning walk. I was thinking about the challenge of talking about Christian spirituality to non-Christians. So much of the traditional language of spirituality — humility, repentance, obedience, holiness, self-denial, asceticism, and so forth — is distasteful to our postmodern sensibilities. Even Christians struggle with much of this language; how much more so would many non-Christians find it unappealing.I don't think we need to apologize for tr … [Read more...]

Some Greek Words Worth Knowing

The traditional developmental map for the contemplative life, as put forth in the earliest centuries of the Christian era by mystics like Clement and Origen, consisted of three stages: Purification, Illumination, and Union. The aspiring contemplative mystic began his or her journey with a rigorous program of repentance and renunciation, "purifying" one's self in order to become a worthy self-offering to God. One of the happy consequences of such asceticism would be the eventual experience of … [Read more...]