"Johnson does considerably more than explain Jesus and the gospels. Johnson discusses the nature of historical interpretation (especially regarding religious texts), how to view the gospels as literary constructions, and how they came into existence. Essential."
"Origen (c. 185-254), Christian mystic and early father of the Church, was born in Alexandria and lived through the turbulent years during the collapse of the Roman Empire. He sought to rescue and transform what was best of the Roman world and to translate the Christian spiritual quest into a language intelligible to the thoughtful and educated nonbeliever of his day."
"Pseudo-Dionysius was a Christian theologian and philosopher of the late 5th to early 6th century, the author of the Corpus Areopagiticum (before 532). His works are mystical and show strong Neoplatonic influence. For example he uses Plotinus' well-known analogy of a sculptor cutting away that which does not enhance the desired image."
"St. Francis (1181-1226) is well-known for his love of nature and his remarkable life of poverty. Clare (1194-1253) is the woman who lived out his legacy in Assisi after his death, passing on his vision and his cause. Together they shaped the spirituality of early 13th-century Europe. Both born to noble families, they rejected their wealth and founded religious orders. Selected letters and writings"
"Selections from the writings of the German–born Meister Eckhart (1260–1328), Dominican philosopher and spiritual master; from counsels on discernment to a treatise on detachment as the most essential virtue"
"John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a major figure of the Counter Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest, and contemporary of Teresa of Avila who became one of Christianity's foremost spiritual teachers. In his work The Dark Night, John expanded on the role of darkness in the spiritual journey."