Mysticism

Its History and Challenge

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"Bruno Borchert's is a readable classic, as well as a reference for home, public and academic libraries. Beefy in size and nourishing to boot, it is hard to imagine a less stuffy, more complete compendium. In Part I, ``The Phenomenon of Mysticism,' Borchert compares being in love to mystical experience. Part II, ``The History of Mysticism,' covers the East; Iran; Israel; the Hellenistic world; a feminist worldview; God as Lover and Beloved; the mystical retreat; and more. Part III, ``The Mystical Way,' shines a light on contemporary paths, concluding simply and profoundly with two poems. Copious, eclectic illustrations and satisfying appendices (i.e., ``Mapping Mystical Influences,' ``Timeliness,' ``A Glossary of Mystics,' etc.), bibliography and indices put the final shine on this star. Illustrations." --Publisher's Weekly, Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Book Details

Pages

468 Pages

Size

6 x 9

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

03/01/1994

ISBN

978-0-87728-772-8

Publisher

Red Wheel Weiser

Authors

Mystical experience is not really understood in our modern Western culture, but we have a rich history and traadition that can be traced from remote ages to the present day. It is a phenomenon common to all religions and races, differing in manifestation, but sharing a similar foundation–the realization from personal experience that all things are interdependent, that the source is One. The mystical experience is often brief, immediate, maybe mysteriousa last experience that rbings allembracing emotion (love) into the bounds of concrete reality. Bruno Borchert brings mysticism into sharp focus by exploring ideas and concecpts from world religions and explaining Christian mystics in history, in perspective, and through art. He takes us from Zoroaster to European alchemists, explores the Hellenistic world, the feminine worldview, and the experience of God shard by saints and well-known mystics such as St. Theresa and St. Francis. Modern approaches explored by psychologists like Jung and Maslow, and the contemporary search for mystical love make this a necessary book for people who want to understand the spiritual path.
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"Bruno Borchert's is a readable classic, as well as a reference for home, public and academic libraries. Beefy in size and nourishing to boot, it is hard to imagine a less stuffy, more complete compendium. In Part I, ``The Phenomenon of Mysticism,' Borchert compares being in love to mystical experience. Part II, ``The History of Mysticism,' covers the East; Iran; Israel; the Hellenistic world; a feminist worldview; God as Lover and Beloved; the mystical retreat; and more. Part III, ``The Mystical Way,' shines a light on contemporary paths, concluding simply and profoundly with two poems. Copious, eclectic illustrations and satisfying appendices (i.e., ``Mapping Mystical Influences,' ``Timeliness,' ``A Glossary of Mystics,' etc.), bibliography and indices put the final shine on this star. Illustrations." --Publisher's Weekly, Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc. "Originally published in Dutch in 1989, this work does not live up to the promise of its title. Borchert, a Dutch writer of spiritual and scientific issues, covers mainly the Western traditions, leaving only a few pages for the vastness of Eastern thought. His prejudices in this area are evident; for example, he correctly identifies yoga as a practice rather than a religion, then erroneously dismisses it. Such misrepresentation is not worthy of the rest of the work, which contains an excellent description of mysticism and an exhaustive history of Christian mysticism, with Zoroaster, the Greeks, and some Jewish tradition thrown in. In this regard, Borchert offers a fine work within a limited scope, emphasizing history with little consideration of current thought and usage. Librarians interested in the Eastern point of view should consider works by George Feuerstein (e.g., Sacred Paths , LJ 2/1/92) as well as the original texts of Eastern thought and scripture." --Library Journal, Marilyn E. Schafer, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Coll., Toronto, Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.