Published October 1, 2003
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415326520 - CAT# RU48106
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Ursula King’s Christian Mystics tells the story of sixty men and women whose mystical devotion to God transformed the times in which they lived and still affects our present-day search for spiritual meaning. Moving from key figures of the early Christian age to the great mystics of modern times, special emphasis is given to the great high points of mysticism in the medieval, early modern and Eastern Orthodox traditions. The lives of visionaries, including Clement of Alexandria, Saint Bonaventure, Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil are studied in detail. It reveals the richly diverse expressions that mystical experience has found during two thousand years of Christian history and shows how it underpins Christian ritual and doctrine as a source of spiritual inspiration for all believers.
Beautifully illustrated and written by a prominent name in the British academic world, this significant text has received high acclaim and is the only book to feature biographies of key mystics.
'Ursula King has succeeded admirably ... with a sure grasp of the subject and a clear prose style, she takes us on a journey through the lives and works of some of the great spiritual teachers of the Church.' - Church Times
'This is an excellent book for the reader new to the field and a good refresher for those more familiar.' - The Scientific and Medical Network
'Attractive and stimulating ... This is an invaluable introduction to a highly complex subject. It is succinctly written ... [and] is an ideal introduction for students and those interested in this rich tradition.' - Theology