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Christian mysticism refers to mystical practices and theory within Christianity. Mysticism is not so much a doctrine as a method of thought. It has often been connected to mystical theology, especially in the Catholic Church (including traditions from both the Latin Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches) and Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy.

The attributes and means by which Christian mysticism is studied and practiced are varied. They range from ecstatic visions of the soul's mystical union with God and theosis (spiritual union with God) in Eastern Orthodox theology to simple prayerful contemplation of Holy Scripture (i.e. Lectio Divina).

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Not everyone listed here is Christian or a mystic, but all have contributed to the Christian understanding of, connection to and/or direct experience of God.

1st Century

2nd Century

3rd Century

4th Century

5th Century

6th Century

7th Century

8th Century

9th Century

10th Century

11th Century

12th Century

13th Century

14th Century

15th Century

16th Century

17th Century

18th Century

19th Century

20th Century

See also

mysticism, Emmerich, Teresa of Avila

Sources, References

  • John Ferguson; Encyclopedia of Mysticism and Mystery Religions (Crossroad: New York, 1982)
  • Rufus M. Jones; Sprititual Reformers in the 16th and 17th Centuries (Beacon Press: Boston, 1959)
  • E.H. Broadbent; The Pilgrim Church (Pickering & Inglis, Bassingstoke, 1985)
  • Paul Szarmach, editor; An Introduction to the Medieval Mystics of Europe (State University of New York Press: Albany, 1984)
  • R.I. Moore; The Birth of Popular Heresy (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975)
  • Evelyn Underhill; Mystics of the Church (Morehouse-Barlow: Wilton CT, 1925)
  • F.C. Happold; Mysticism, A Study and an Anthology (Penguin Books: Baltimore, 1963)




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