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Arthur Versluis is the editor-in-chief of Esoterica and the founding president of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. He is the author of numerous books, including Sacred Earth, Restoring Paradise, and The New Inquisitions. He lives in Michigan where he is a professor of American Studies at Michigan State University.
"Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticsim offers up a unique set of cross-connections essential to connecting spirituality with religious history. New Age collections, in particular, will find it an exciting survey packed with history and religious examination."
"At rare occasions sober and traditional presentations of commercialized magical activity appears as a counterweight to the occult sentimentalism that often finds its way to publication. Vesluis's masterful presentation of sexual mysticism is one of those rare books that cannot be recommended enough. . . . the landscape he opens is going straight to the nerve of this rich field of enlightenment. Highly recommended."
"In this scholarly paperback, [Versluis] traces the twisting and turning path of Western sexual mysticism."
"Like his other works, this book is essential reading for those who desire to understand some of the more hidden and truly esoteric streams of thought and practice that have been instrumental in the various traditions of Western esotericism."
"This book addresses a topic that is often overlooked (or else looked at as an embarrassing part of the mystical tradition) here in the Western world. This book looks at both the Pagan and Christian mystic traditions in many of their manifestations, with an emphasis of the Christian side. . . . There is no titillation in this book, merely accurate historical reporting."
1 The Ancient Sexual Mysteries
2 Sexual Mysticism in Early Christianity
3 Heretical Mysteries
4 The Rediscovery of Christian Sexual Mysticism
5 American Sexual Mysticism
6 Eros in a New Age
7 The Secrets of Sexual Mysticism