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
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
secondary text on mysticism.
CCEL Staff Writer