Love Burning in the Soul: The Story of the Christian Mystics, from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton (Paperback)

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The heart of the Christian faith is a direct encounter with God so profound that it can be referred to as "union." It is an experience that cannot be described in words, but it "can" be glimpsed--in the radiant lives of the men and women called mystics. Here James Harpur presents the stories of some of the most influential Christian mystics from the past two thousand years. He provides their historical and ecclesiastical contexts, as well as appreciations of the unique contributions of each of them to the ongoing articulation of the way of love and union. "Love Burning in the Soul " is a comprehensive and highly readable survey of the great Christian mystical tradition for everyone. Included are:
Clement of Alexandria * Gregory of Nyssa * John Scotus Eriugena * Bernard of Clairvaux * Hildegard of Bingen * Francis of Assisi * Mechtild of Magdeburg * Meister Eckhart * John Tauler * Jan van Ruysbroeck * Gregory Palamas * Richard Rolle * Julian of Norwich * Catherine of Siena * Jacob Boehme * George Fox * Teresa of Avila * FranCois FEnelon * Jean Pierre de Caussade * William Blake * Pierre Teilhard de Chardin * Thomas Merton * Many others.

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"James Harpur has written an excellent historical overview of the Christian mystical tradition for those who want to dip their toes into that vast ocean. He presents the mystics as human beings immersed in the stream of human history, which makes it easier to sort them out and remember them. I salute him for including some important figures often left out of the usual surveys."—Tessa Bielecki, author of Teresa of Ávila: Ecstasy and Common Sense

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590301128
ISBN-10: 1590301129
Publisher: New Seeds
Publication Date: October 11th, 2005
Pages: 241
Language: English