Karl Rahner is often quoted as saying that: “In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic or nothing at all.” In this unit students will explore the importance of this assertion through an investigation of mystical traditions throughout Christian history. These investigations will begin and end with attempts to define what is meant by mysticism and lead to a discussion of the contemporary importance of the mystic for the future flourishing of the Christian message and practice in the World today.
articulate a definition of Christian mysticism and the role of the mystic
develop the ability to interpret writings within the Christian mystical tradition
demonstrate an understanding of the role of the mystic in the Church’s self-understanding
critically assess the role of mysticism in the Church’s life today and for the future.
The Unit is an elective within the disciplines of Church History and Spirituality. pre-requisite CH1001Y – Survey of Early and Medieval Church History or equivalent.
The unit will consist of Lectures, Tutorials and discussion forums all delivered in a Seminar style (whether online or face to face) so that students can interact with the ideas presented, engage with other students and their reflections and ideas and develop skills in critique, debate and practical application.
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Portfolio of 10 Tutorial Exercises of 200 words each
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-09-22 18:36:56 +1000