Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness

by Evelyn Underhill

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First published in 1911, Mysticism remains the classic in its field. (This is clear from its many different printings.) The Princeton Theological Review praised this book as 'brilliantly written [and] illuminated with numerous well-chosen extracts . . . used with exquisite skill.' Mysticism makes an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of mysticism. Part One examines 'The Mystic Fact,' explaining the relation of mysticism to vitalism, to psychology, to theology, to symbolism, and to magic. Part Two, 'The Mystic Way,' explores the awakening, purification, and illumination of the self; discusses voices and visions; and delves into manifestations from ecstasy and rapture to the dark night of the soul. It also contains a useful Appendix, which details the 'mysticism' of different figures in Western history. A hundred years old or so, Mysticism still remains the key secondary text on mysticism.

Tim Perrine
CCEL Staff Writer
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