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: DS9322Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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


Critically analyse ways in which a mystical posture can be integrated into the life of the church


Critically assess the role of mysticism in the Church’s life today and for the future.

Unit sequence

15 points in DS or CH


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 (%)

Essay (5000 words)

5000 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

10 Tutorial papers (250 words each)

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 14:43:06 +1100