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The Origins of the Christian Mystical TraditionFrom Plato to Denys$
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Andrew Louth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.001.0001

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The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body

The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body

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(p.186) X The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body
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The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition
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Andrew Louth (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0010

In almost any discussion of Christian mysticism there arises the question as to its uniqueness: what is the relationship between Christian mysticism and other forms of mysticism? In the context of a discussion of Patristic mystical theology, the problem is effectively narrowed down to that of the influence on Patristic mysticism of the Platonic tradition, which is fundamentally mystical, especially in the form the Fathers encountered it. Platonism and mysticism are discussed.

Keywords:   Platonism, Patristic mysticism, God, Christian

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