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October 26, 2008

Christian Mysticism Websites

Websites on Christian mysticism - Please browse through these as you work on your spirituial classic.

There are lots more out there, but these are good ones to browse to get some background that will help illuminate the Christian spiritual classics. Just browse through these, reading some of the introductory parts.

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http://www.explorefaith.org/oasis/index.html


This is a site that is designed to prompt meditation, not discuss it, and includes some art and literature.

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http://www.wccm.org/

A world-wide organization of Christian meditators, dedicated to bringing the spirit of monastic spirituality into the life of everyone else.
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http://www.osb.org/lectio/about.html

About Lectio Divina -- reading as a spiritual practice. Lots of examples and explanation.
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http://www.newmelleray.org/

Another primer in monastic spirituality from another monastery (Trappist) in Iowa.
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http://www.umilta.net/

A Website devoted to Juliana of Norwich and others. Very extensive stuff!
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http://www.innerexplorations.com/chmystext/christia.htm

Christian mysticism especially centered on St. John of the Cross

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http://frimmin.com/faith/

just stumbled on this - it is a thoughtful section of a blog done by an individual (Jon Zuck) with some very insightful comments on Christian mysticism and faith (these are linked under “An Introduction to Christian Mysticism"). Recognize that many historic mystics, such as your spiritual classic authors, were sometimes in some degree of tension with the church authorities of their day (remember in the Still, Small Voice video the statement that “the church likes dead mystics"). However, they remained within the institutional church and attempted to revive its spiritual emphasis. I get the sense that this blogger is doing something of the same, though perhaps a bit farther out on the edge than our spiritual classic folks.

October 27, 2008

Early Christianity Background

From some of people's journal and class discussions, it seemed that it might be helpful to give you some background on early Christian history. We'll also cover some of this in class. I located a couple of good resources on the Web for you. This is optional reading, but if you do read around in these sites, please capture a bit of your response in your reading response journal.

The first site is the Web companion to a wonderful PBS series called "From Jesus to Christ." There's lots here to explore for those interested.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/

The second site is put up by an organization called Religious Tolerance, and seems, from my background and training, to be helpful and objective.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_ch.htm