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TMHC 8009 Pathways to God: Classic Texts on Prayer & Christian Mysticism (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course explores the theological and pastoral dimensions of both classic texts and contemporary theological reflections on prayer and Christian mysticism. Texts are paired with specific topics, e.g. Benedict of Nursia (lectio divina); Francis of Assisi and Teilhard de Chardin (encountering God in the cosmos); Cloud of Unknowing (centering prayer), Ignatius of Loyola (discernment, consolations, desolations); Teresa of Avila (mystical phenomena); John of the Cross (dark night). Other topics include the Churchs public prayer, icons, embodied and performative prayer, the possibility of everyday mysticism, the relationship between prayer/mysticism and social justice. Theological reflections by, e.g. McGinn, Rahner, Ruffing, Boff.


Instructor(s): Catherine Mooney

Prerequisites: A previous church history or historical theology course is desirable but not required.

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13