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Mystics of Early Christianity


Probably, when you were growing up and learning about Christianity, it seemed as if it was unified struggle against all odds, when, in reality, there were astonishing differences over Jesus of Nazareth, even by the end of the First Century.

Add to that the Reformation, and many people have completely disregarded -- rejected -- any interest in the early mystics of Christianity. Looking into the lives and times of those in the first years of the movement, you can trace the history of Christian Mysticism. It is a road that leads in several directions -- that of what might be called "Inner" Christianity and that which we have come to know as a more literal fundamentalism.


Augustine of Hippo (Christian Mystics Blog Article St. Augustine)
Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview and are still relevant today.

Teresa of Avila (Christian Mystics Blog Article St. Teresa of Avila)
One of the best loved of all the mystics, Teresa's story is unique. Her insights into the mystical process, have served as inspiration and guide to many...

Bernard of Clairvaux (Christian Mystics Blog Article St. Bernard of Clairvaux)
Bernard of Clairvaux, O.Cist (1090 – August 20, 1153) was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order.

John Cassian (by: Steve Schrader)
It seems to me that many Christians living in the post-modern world are in search of a “contemplative exegesis”(1), an understanding of biblical and other holy texts that leads to the “experience” of God, rather than merely intellectual knowledge “about” God…

Maximus the Confessor (by: Steve Schrader)
If you are familiar with the “Philokalia”, then you have probably come across the writings of St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662). Though not well known in the West, his innovative theological treatises, Christological doctrine and suggestions for living the spiritual life loom large in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and he is venerated as a Saint in that tradition…

Different Streams
Contemporary Christian Mystics have far more in common with some members of the first years of Christianity than you might believe. The first step is to rid yourself of the concept that all was smooth sailing in the first years of Christianity's formation, that everyone agreed. They didn't...

Origen
Two hundred years after he died, Origen's teachings were condemned by the emerging political powers of the Church. But when he was alive? They were considered Orthodox and, today, are fascinating points for Christian Mystics to consider...

Gnostic Belief
A Short Moment of Gnostic Belief Just a few paragraphs to help with some points of the gnostic movement...

The Gospel of Thomas
Don't know it? No, it' s a long way from being some "New Age" book supposedly channeled directly from Jesus. It's a fascinating part of early Christianity. Take a moment to see one point of view on the Gospel of Thomas by Steven Davies and a translation for you to view...

The Secret Gospel of Mark
Best read along with the article above, Distant Streams, here's a translation to ponder. It's a remarkable look into a different strata of Christianity...