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William Harmless


Mystics are path-breaking religious practitioners who claim to have experience of the infinite, word-defying mystery that is God. Many have been gifted writers with an uncanny ability to communicate the great realities of life with both a theologian's precision and a poet's lyricism. They use words to jolt us into recognizing ineffable mysteries surging beneath the surface of our lives and within the depths of our hearts and, by their artistry, can awaken us to see and savor fugitive glimpses of a God-drenched world. This book introduces readers to the scholarly study of mysticism. The author ... More

Keywords: mystics, religious practitioners, God, Thomas Merton, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard of Bingen, Bonaventure, Meister Eckhart, Evagrius Ponticus, mystical experiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Harmless, author
Creighton University
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