Two Worlds Are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

Two Worlds Are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

Two Worlds Are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

Two Worlds Are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

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For the past year or thereabouts I have been in very good company, reading and pondering the writings of Christian mystics, men and women who have made closeness to God and faithfulness to him the chief goal in their lives. They took their Christian faith much more seriously than most of us do, and I found that sharing their experiences did me a lot of good, both in challenging my complacency and in giving me a deeper appreciation for what Christianity should mean to us. So I want to share it with as many people as possible, and that is why I have written this book.

I do not claim to be a mystic, and I have not hesitated to criticize some of their ideas. But on the whole they have brought great benefit to the Church and I think they can still do so. Here then is an introduction, from biblical times down to the present, expounding their teachings mainly in their own words.

I express thanks to various people who have helped me, chiefly by lending me or obtaining for me material which was difficult to come by: Dr John Morgan, President of the Graduate Theological Foundation, for the Journal of John Woolman; the librarians of Pusey House for access to the Tracts of John Keble and the writings of Charles de Foucauld; to the Librarian of the Theology Faculty Library of Oxford University for putting me on the track of writings of George Fox; and the Librarian of All Saints Convent, Oxford, for . . .

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