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Title: Mystical Literature for the Modern Reader
Subtitle: Responses to a Dilemma and Pragmatic Suggestions for the Teaching of Mysticism Today. With a Focus on Mechtild of Magdeburg
Author(s): CLASSEN, Albrecht
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 28    Date: 2018   
Pages: 145-167
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.28.0.3285329

Abstract :
This study probes two critical questions regarding medieval mysticism. First, how do we build bridges from the twenty-first century to those stunning religious visionary texts, and second, closely related, how do we help our present student generation gain a comprehension and appreciation of mystical literature? Primarily, approaching those revelations as literary creations mirroring experiences with the transcendental and divine, allows us to recognize them as powerful expressions of a different kind offering significant epistemological insights even, if not especially today.

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