"Mysticism" and Mystical Theology
The Place of the Heart --
An Introduction to Orthodox Spirituality, (1989).
- Dirk von Damme:
Vorstufen der mystischen Theologie in der Alten Kirche,
Grundfragen Christlicher Mystik,
edited by Margot Schmidt,
(Stuttgart: Fromann-Holzborg, 1987), p. 15.
- Dom Cuthbert Butler:
London: Constable, 1967.
Fr. Olivier Clément:
The Roots of Christian Mysticism, (1995).
New York: New City, 1995.
More than the title suggests: a guide to
ascetical and spiritual practice.
- Vladimir Lossky:
Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, (1944).
Crestwood: SVS, 1976.
The most important XX Century work on apophatic theology in
general and St. Dionysius in particular; considered by many to be
an example of a modern text which will eventually be viewed as
patristic in its own right.
- Bernard McGinn:
The Foundations of Mysticism, (1982).
London: SCM, 1982.
- Bernard McGInn and Fr. John Meyendorff, eds.:
Christian Spirituality, (1989).
New York: Crossroad, 1989.
- Tomás Spidlík, S.J.:
The Spirituality of the Christian East --
A Systematic Handbook,
Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1986.
One suspects only a Westerner would
have come up with that subtitle!
London: Methuen, 1977. Author not Orthodox.
- General: Bibliographies:
- General: Historical:
- Steven Fanning:
Mystics of the Christian Tradition,
London: Routledge, 2001.
Fr. Andrew Louth:
The Origins of the
Christian Mystical Tradition, (1981).
Oxford: Clarendon, 1981.
- Mysticism as "Ecstatic Experience", &c.:
Not the Orthodox conception.
Religious Ecstasy, edited by Nils G. Holm
(Stockholm: Almqvist and Wiksell, 1982)
Argues that the Old Testament prophets were
calm and did not experience "orgiastic vigorous
ecstasy" like some of their pagan counterparts.
- Gunnel André:
Ecstatic Prophecy in the Old Testament,
- Violet MacDermot:
The Cult of the Seer in the Ancient Middle East --
A Contribution to Current Research on Hallucinations Drawn
from Coptic and Other Texts,
A very peculiar book with a completely misleading title:
it is concerned almost exclusively with the spiritual
practice of the Desert Fathers, and nearly half the book
is primary sources in translation. Written at the height
of XX Century scientific interest in "altered states of
awareness" and published in a series
devoted to the history of medicine, it is nonetheless not a
scientist's attempt to milk the
patristic literature for tips on how such states may be
attained but rather an attempt to understand
them from a more modern viewpoint.
Although this gives it a kind of "looking-glass"
feel at times, it is nevertheless quite interesting.
Read with caution.
SOME PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH MYSTICAL THEOLOGY:
Return to St Pachomius Library.