“What is mysticism?” – a view by Dr Laura Ellen Shulman

What is Mysticism?

  • Handout and Review: definition and characteristics of mysticism

  • Popular religion believes in gods and goddesses worshipped through ritual practices

  • Mystical religion moves beyond popular deities to an abstract, philosophical conception of Higher Reality, moves beyond ritual and devotion to direct, experiential knowledge of divinity and the presence of such in one’s own being/self

  • theology = indirect, intellectual knowledge about God; Mysticism = direct, experiential knowledge of God (c.f.: knowing about someone famous [from afar] vs. knowing him as a personal friend)

Dr Shulman has the skill to present in a simple and clear way this subject area that can so easily obfuscate.

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