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In this first volume of the highly-acclaimed Presence of God series, Bernard McGinn explores the origins of Christian mysticism, from early Jewish apocalyptic writings to pre-Christian Greek contemplative thought; the New Testament witnesses; early Greek Patristic thought; and the contribution of early monastic practice. In Part 2, McGinn discusses Western Christian mystic In this first volume of the highly-acclaimed Presence of God series, Bernard McGinn explores the origins of Christian mysticism, from early Jewish apocalyptic writings to pre-Christian Greek contemplative thought; the New Testament witnesses; early Greek Patristic thought; and the contribution of early monastic practice. In Part 2, McGinn discusses Western Christian mysticism proper, with special attention to Augustine of Hippo. Of special interest is the now-influential appendix, which reviews various theoretical approaches to mysticism.


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In this first volume of the highly-acclaimed Presence of God series, Bernard McGinn explores the origins of Christian mysticism, from early Jewish apocalyptic writings to pre-Christian Greek contemplative thought; the New Testament witnesses; early Greek Patristic thought; and the contribution of early monastic practice. In Part 2, McGinn discusses Western Christian mystic In this first volume of the highly-acclaimed Presence of God series, Bernard McGinn explores the origins of Christian mysticism, from early Jewish apocalyptic writings to pre-Christian Greek contemplative thought; the New Testament witnesses; early Greek Patristic thought; and the contribution of early monastic practice. In Part 2, McGinn discusses Western Christian mysticism proper, with special attention to Augustine of Hippo. Of special interest is the now-influential appendix, which reviews various theoretical approaches to mysticism.

30 review for The Foundations of Mysticism: Presence of God: A History of Western Christian Mysticism, Vol 1 (Presence of God: a History of Western Christian Mysticism)

  1. 4 out of 5

    booklady

    March 3, 2014: Putting this on Back burner for now. <><><><><><><><><><><> Have discovered extensive highlighting in my copy of this book, which I know I bought new ... so I must have started this once before and indeed parts of it are very familiar. Begins with seeds of mysticism as they first showed growth within the Jewish faith, then in the Hellenistic world of Plato's philosophy. Think I'm going to look through my Great Courses and see if I can't find a course on this. <><><><><><><><><><><> Th March 3, 2014: Putting this on Back burner for now. <><><><><><><><><><><> Have discovered extensive highlighting in my copy of this book, which I know I bought new ... so I must have started this once before and indeed parts of it are very familiar. Begins with seeds of mysticism as they first showed growth within the Jewish faith, then in the Hellenistic world of Plato's philosophy. Think I'm going to look through my Great Courses and see if I can't find a course on this. <><><><><><><><><><><> Three in this series and three in McGinn's World Spirituality series have been on my shelf for awhile. Should be fun to browse even if I don't get all the way through.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    A work in progress - four of a projected six volumes have been published - this is the best available overview and study of Western Christian mysticism. So far, McGinn has covered, in historical sequence, from the beginnings of Christianity (and older influences on early Christianity) through the fifteenth century.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I need to reread this book more thoroughly, but I know McGinn is a highly-respected scholar of mysticism, specifically Meister Eckhart, my favorite/subject of study. His writing is clear and engaging, especially for a textbook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Perez

    Don't want to do this one again. Lol. Requires studies. Was a doozy. But good info non the less Don't want to do this one again. Lol. Requires studies. Was a doozy. But good info non the less

  5. 4 out of 5

    John

    religion,nonfiction,history

  6. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    First and best volume of an epic history of mysticism in the west. In this volume he constructs a great theoretical and historical framework for understanding the Christian mystical tradition.

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