For some reason, I’m attracted to discussions like this…I think it’s a curse for wronging someone in a previous life (not really). Anyways, the ladies over at Sola Sisters have a personal vendetta against anything and everything that falls under the category of mysticism. The works of Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi and countless others are dismissed as being non-Christians simply because they are mystics. For all intents and purposes, the sisters have excluded our Catholic and Orthodox brothers and sisters, not to mention all Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians and countless other Protestants who do not have a problem with spirituality and mysticism. In a sense, the attacks on mysticism denies our heritage as Christians.
There does seem to be an increasing number of (predominately) evangelical Christians who agree with the Sisters.
I’m not convinced with their arguments. Sure, they make sense, if you toss out the 1500 years prior to the Reformation and ignore church history and tradition prior to. But I don’t think that’s the answer.
The issue, as I see it is applying the definition of New Age Mysticism to Medieval Mysticism.
So, let me ask this, “What are your thoughts on Christian Mysticism?”
Also, if anyone knows of any good books regarding Christian Mysticism, please let me know.