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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (July 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579103316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579103316
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eveylyn Underhill died in 1941. Carol Zaleski is Professor of Religion at Smith College, author of Otherworld Journeys and The Life of the World to Come, and coeditor of The Book of Heaven. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on March 12, 2009
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_Mystics of the Church_, first published in 1925, by mystical writer Evelyn Underhill is a fascinating and detailed study of the mystics of the Christian church. Evelyn Underhill (1875 - 1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer who introduced to the Anglican world various medieval Catholic mystics. This book offers a good introduction to the mystics of the church, those fearless explorers who sought a unitive experience with God. Further, this book examines the role of mysticism throughout Christian history particularly in its relationship to the Christian church. As such, this book provides an excellent survey of the Christian mystics, their lives, and the development of their mystical experiences.

This book begins with an "Introduction" in which Underhill lays out the case for mysticism. Underhill notes the importance of the words "mystic" and "mysticism" in various books dealing with religious experience. Further, Underhill explains how these words came to be used in a pejorative sense to refer to such things as "superstition". However, as Underhill notes the true definition of mysticism is "according to its historical and psychological definitions, is the direct intuition or experience of God; and a mystic is a person who has, to a greater or less degree, such an experience - one whose religion and life are centered, not merely on an accepted belief or practice, but on that which he regards as first-hand personal knowledge." Underhill explains the role of the Christian mystic and the corporate role of the church in the life of the mystic. Underhill also explains the Christocentric nature of the Christian mystic and relates this to such things as "illumination" and the "mystic union".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Birdwell on May 28, 2008
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I used this book as an introduction to a the study of Christian Mystics. I found it very easy to read and very insightful about the different mystics in the Church. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the mystics before picking up the original texts themselves.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2001
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I read this book a number of years ago and am still amazed when I think of the impact it had.
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