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Mysticism in Ecumenical Dialogue

Michael Stoeber

in Teaching Mysticism

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751198
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.003.0014

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

Mysticism in Ecumenical Dialogue

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This essay outlines an approach to teaching mysticism in a diverse and multidenominational context. The course deals with the topic of mysticism by reflecting on a wide variety of specific questions related to four major guiding issues: the nature of mystical experience; the subjective dynamics of mystical experience; the effects of mystical experience for the mystic and the community; and the practices associated with mystical experiences. The essay contextualizes many of the questions related to these major issues, introduces working definitions of spirituality and mysticism, describes the nature of the diverse student-body, and explores methods and goals of teaching and evaluation.

Keywords: multidenominational; spirituality; mysticism; teaching; definitions; community

Chapter.  10030 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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