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The Christian mystery : from pagan myth to Christian mysticism

Author: Louis Bouyer
Publisher: Petersham, Mass. : Saint Bede's Publications, 1995.
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Louis Bouyer, one of the most gifted and internationally renowned theologians of our time, explores the importance of mystery and mysticism in the Christian tradition. He first shows how myth and mystery, as understood and practiced by pagan, Hellenistic and classical cults, gave way through the ages to Christian mysticism and spirituality. In this historical treatment, there are many insights into the religious  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Bouyer
ISBN: 187900707X 9781879007079
OCLC Number: 30472945
Notes: Originally published: Edinburgh : T & T Clark, 1989.
Description: 303 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Presenting the Pauline mystery --
The pagan mysteries : Eleusis --
From the cult of the mother-goddesses to the mysteries of Hellenism --
From Dionysus to Orphism and the mysteries of Mithras --
The biblical sources of the Pauline mystery : from apocalyptic to the mystery --
The biblical sources of the Pauline mystery : from myths to wisdom --
The mystery and the gospel of Christ --
The Pauline gospel of the second Adam and the mystery --
The mystery and the gospel of Christ in the Johannine writings --
The mystery in the apostolic and sub-apostolic fathers --
The mystery according to the Christians of Alexandria : Clement and Gnosis --
The mystery according to the Christians of Alexandria : Origen and the mystical meaning of the scriptures --
The catechesis of the fourth century and the mystical content of the Christian liturgy --
Mystical contemplation according to the fathers --
Philosophy and mysticism --
The development of mysticism in the church of the fathers --
The development of mysticism in the medieval west --
Modern times : mysticism and psychology --
Mysticism and non-Christian contemplation --
Experience, mystery and sacrifice, the marriage feast of the lamb and our filiation.
Other Titles: Mysterion.
Responsibility: Louis Bouyer ; translated by Illtyd Trethowan.
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Louis Bouyer, one of the most gifted and internationally renowned theologians of our time, explores the importance of mystery and mysticism in the Christian tradition. He first shows how myth and mystery, as understood and practiced by pagan, Hellenistic and classical cults, gave way through the ages to Christian mysticism and spirituality. In this historical treatment, there are many insights into the religious practices of the earliest known societies. Bouyer goes on to examine the development of mysticism and spirituality in the Christian West up to the present day: looking at the psychology of mysticism found in certain celebrated mystics; comparing Christian with cosmic, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist mysticism; and considering the nature of mystic experience.

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