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

Unit Code: DS2322Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


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


Reflect on the place of mysticism in the Church’s life today and in the future

Unit sequence

Pre-requisite – 15 points in CH or DS


This unit prompts students to explore the expressions of ‘mysticism’ through the study of classic and modern texts. They are given the opportunity to critically situate the importance of the “mystic” in Church and World today and for the future. Students will undertake: - Primary text study - participate in analytical discussions and reflections - conduct evaluations - create arguments - produce written research papers


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

10 Tutorial papers (200 words each)

2000 50.0

Essay (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Jul, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-08 09:05:45 +1000