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William B. Parsons

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.001.0001

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Mysticism, Spirituality and the Undergraduate: Reflections on the Use of Psychosocial Theory

Mysticism, Spirituality and the Undergraduate: Reflections on the Use of Psychosocial Theory

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Teaching Mysticism
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William B. Parsons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.003.0013

This chapter reflects on pedagogical hurdles faced when teaching an undergraduate course on mysticism and spirituality. The essay addresses the what and the how of communicating it in the most effective manner. The what consists of the inclusion of mystical testimonies from a variety of religious and “unchurched” traditions and the critical examination of mystical claims from psychology and related social scientific methods in dialogue with central debates in the study of mysticism. The how starts with the empirical fact that the classroom is dominated by a religiously pluralistic body of students in the late adolescent stage of development. Pedagogical strategies are offered for dealing with the invariable projections and transferences that accrue, the need to negotiate the demands for existential experience and meaning, and the difficulty in conveying mystical testimonies that may lie beyond the boundaries of normal experience and empathy.

Keywords:   mysticism, spirituality, undergraduate course, social-scientific, psychology

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