Book Description A wise and trustworthy introduction to spirituality and mysticism, their meaning, and their importance for our age.
James Wiseman introduces spirituality as the “experience of anyone trying to live according to the highest ideals of his or her tradition.” At a second level it involves “the formulation of a teaching about that experience” and then scholarly reflection on the first two levels.
In Spirituality and Mysticism Wiseman explores the biblical origins and patristic development of a distinct Christian spirituality, through the middle ages and into modernity. He ends with reflections on how the new experience of being a world Christian body has brought in the richness of African, Asian, and Latin American experiences.
James A. Wiseman, a Benedictine monk of St. Anselm’s Abbey in Washington, D.C., and Associate Professor of Theology at Catholic University.