Thursday, April 22, 2010

Future Christian A Mystic or Not a Christian At All

MARK BARNA,THE GAZETTE

Mysticism is a dirty word for some Christians.

“They think of it as the bizarre,” said Bernard McGinn, a retired religion professor at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. “But that is an unfortunate misreading of (the Christian) mystical tradition.”

McGinn will be discussing this tradition in a Friday lecture at Colorado College and this weekend at First Congregational Church.

For McGinn, mysticism is not simply a part of Christianity. Mysticism is imperative to its survival. “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or not a Christian at all,” McGinn said.

Mysticism within the Abrahamic faiths is about seeking an experiential, rather than a solely intellectual, relationship with God. This is achieved, mystics say, through various types of meditation and a contemplative reading of sacred texts.

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  1. Revelation 21:8
    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death

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