MYSTICISM: Defining Mysticism by Carl McColman

Despite reducing mysticism to the anthropormorphic mythomania of the existence of a God, this is a useful introduction to a subject much more profound than religions in general and Christianity in particular.

KH. Mysticexperiences.net 2018

The Value of Sparrows

From The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
(Isaiah 55:8)

What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that
nobody asks me; but if I am asked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled.
(Augustine)

Some people think mysticism means having powerful spiritual experiences, like seeing Heavenly visions, or hearing supernatural voices, or feeling a sense of communion with God, or undergoing profound shifts in consciousness.  Others see it as a spiritual dimension to (and beyond) religion, in which the cultural, ethical, and theological differences between religions are somehow resolved in a trans-verbal state of unity.  Still others dismiss it as the fuzzy, illogical, and irrational element that makes religion and spirituality so distasteful to those who prefer to conduct their lives according to science rather than faith…

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2 thoughts on “MYSTICISM: Defining Mysticism by Carl McColman

  1. With respect, isn’t the term ‘Christian mysticism’ a contradiction in terms? The mystic experience comes only to individuals and can’t be explained or evangelised by any religion on earth. Nowadays, many such don’t even try and are reduced to relying on the mythomanias of faith, hope and belief, none of which achieve anything more than morality and ethics, which in turn are nothing to do with spirituality as experienced by the experience of mysticism.

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