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Light from Light: An Anthology of Christian Mysticism
A completely revised edition of the key spiritual texts from the most significant mystical writers in the Christian tradition, from Origen to Thomas Merton, with revised introductions and bibliographies.
Paperback, 463 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Paulist Press
(first published July 1st 1988)
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This book only exists because there is a market for people who teach classes on Christian mysticism. Reading 10 pages from 21 different authors can give you some insight, but only from a historical point of view, in my opinion. Any class would be better off taking one or two works and focusing on them in depth, rather than this skim across the top. I don't blame the editors, of course; they're just filling a need. And the authors themselves are brilliant, of course.
Louis Dupre is a Catholic phenomenologist and religious philosopher. He was the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor in Yale University's religious studies department from 1973 to 1998, after which he became Professor Emeritus. His work generally attempts to tie the modern age more closely to medieval and classical thought, finding precursors to Enlightenment and Reformation events that were naively ...moreMore about Louis Dupré...