These talks recapture the riches of the mystical tradition for the contemporary world. Bernard McGinn draws on the experience and writings of the Christian mystics who saw the mystical or contemplative practice as crucial to what it means to be human. He describes the mystical element as necessary to a balanced religious personality, integrating with the institutional and intellectual elements but also bringing something to the whole. In the first volume, McGinn traces the development of the contemplative tradition as found in the early church. This volume traces contemplation as represented by the modern mystics including the Carthusians, the Cistercians, Meister Eckhart, and others. The insights of these great teachers are an important resource for those drawn to contemplative prayer.
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