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Baron von Hugel analyzed Christianity into three dimensions: the institutional, the theological, and the mystical. Clearly the most neglected of the three by mass media is the mystical. Robert Imperato's Early and Medieval Christian Spirituality intends to introduce the Christian reader to this rich vein of Christian thought on spiritual experience. This is not Christianity for those seeking to answer the political problems of the day. It is rather a sampling of the mystical wealth of Christian history. This work contains summaries of key authors as well as an anthology of their thought.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Biblical Perspectives Chapter 3 Clement of Alexandria: Reason, Virtue and Image of God Chapter 4 Platonism: Symbols of Transformation: Plato and Plotinus Chapter 5 Gregory of Nyssa and Dionysius the Areopagite Chapter 6 Augustine: Autobiography Chapter 7 Cassian and Benedict: Desert Tradition Chapter 8 Bernard of Clairvaux: Love and Self-Knowledge Chapter 9 Francis and Bonaventure Chapter 10 Ruusbroec and Julian of Norwich: Fourteenth Century Chapter 11 Biblical Selections Chapter 12 Clement of Alexandria Selections Chapter 13 Platonism Selections: Plotinus Chapter 14 Gregory of Nyssa and Dionysius Selections Chapter 15 Augustine Selections Chapter 16 Cassian and Benedict Selections Chapter 17 Bernard of Clairvaux Selections Chapter 18 Bonaventure Selections Chapter 19 Ruusbroec and Julian of Norwich Selections Chapter 20 Bibliography Chapter 21 Notes