The Sacred Athlete: On the Mystical Experience and Dionysios, Its Westernworld Fountainhead

The Sacred Athlete: On the Mystical Experience and Dionysios, Its Westernworld Fountainhead

by Richard Blum, Alexander Golitzin, Alexander Golitsin
     
 

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This is a cross-disciplinary examination of the mystical experience. It begins with survey data on the uncanny or anomalous experience, proceeds to consider neurobiological and cognitive psychological theory and data, examines philosophical positions and romanticism, proposes new biopsychophysical research compatible with both physical theory and data on sensory…  See more details below

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This is a cross-disciplinary examination of the mystical experience. It begins with survey data on the uncanny or anomalous experience, proceeds to consider neurobiological and cognitive psychological theory and data, examines philosophical positions and romanticism, proposes new biopsychophysical research compatible with both physical theory and data on sensory response. It then moves to consider Dionysios (called the "fountainhead" of Western mysticism by William James) in terms of extant influences upon him in Byzantium (circa 600 AD). Examines Dionysios' mysticism and constructs a biography based on his situation and works. Also discusses mysticism's relationship to art and current secular expressions.

Author Biography: Richard Blum is Assistant Professor of Theology at Marquette University. Alexander Golitsin is Professor of Theology at the same university.

Editorial Reviews

The Chronicle Of Higher Education
This is a remarkable and wise book...It is not over-awed by the difficult historical and mystical material it handles. It is a scholarly and competent and deeply sensible treatment, and to my surprise, I greatly enjoyed it.
— Peter Levi
Chronicle of Higher Education
Explores mystical experience from the perspectives of neurobiology, cognitive science, philosophy and religion.
The Chronicle of Higher Education - L. B. Brown
I have found it to be a fascinating and encyclopedic analysis of religious and related experiences.
The Chronicle of Higher Education - Peter Levi
This is a remarkable and wise book...It is not over-awed by the difficult historical and mystical material it handles. It is a scholarly and competent and deeply sensible treatment, and to my surprise, I greatly enjoyed it.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Explores mystical experience from the perspectives of neurobiology, cognitive science, philosophy and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819181824
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
05/31/1991
Pages:
510
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.34(d)

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Richard Blum is Assistant Professor of Theology at Marquette University. Alexander Golitsin is Professor of Theology at the same university.

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