by Evelyn Underhill
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MYSTICISM by Evelyn Underhill

Since this book first appeared, nineteen years ago, the study of mysticism--not only in England, but also in France, Germany and Italy--has been almost completely transformed. From being regarded, whether critically or favourably, as a byway of religion, it is now more and more generally accepted by theologians, philosophers and psychologists, as representing in its intensive form the essential religious experience of man. The labours of a generation of religious psychologists--following, and to some extent superseding the pioneer work of William James--have already done much to disentangle its substance from the psycho-physical accidents which often accompany mystical apprehension. Whilst we are less eager than our predecessors to dismiss all accounts of abnormal experience as the fruit of superstition or disease, no responsible student now identifies the mystic and the ecstatic; or looks upon visionary and other "extraordinary phenomena" as either guaranteeing or discrediting the witness of the mystical saints. Even the remorseless explorations and destructive criticisms of the psycho-analytic school are now seen to have effected a useful work; throwing into relief the genuine spiritual activities of the psyche, while explaining in a naturalistic sense some of their less fortunate psycho-physical accompaniments.

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BN ID: 2940011944000
Publisher: Underhill Books
Publication date: 10/25/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 760 KB

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