The Roots of Christian Mysticism, 2nd Edition

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The Roots of Christian Mysticism, 2nd Edition

Texts from the Patristic Era with Commentary
    About the book

    By linking together a series of brilliantly chosen texts from the early centuries of the Church, the author lays bare the roots of the deeply mystical spirituality that has flourished among Christians throughout the ages. This book will appeal to anyone who is interested in the field of spirituality. It is a masterly contribution to Christian scholarship, and this second edition includes an extraordinarily useful Index.

    Anthologies of mysticism abound, but this one is clearly in a class by itself … It is spiritual reading in the true sense – a book to be read and re-read, to be pondered and savored.

    Spirit & Life

    Clément has provided a helpful contribution to all who are interested in the study of spirituality


    There are some books so good that all one wants to say is: go out, buy it and read it - it is marvelous! And so it is with this fine translation

    Andrew Louth
    Fairacres Chronicle

    The Roman Catholic church and Orthodoxy have been separated for nearly a thousand years. And yet, as Clément so elegantly demonstrates, we have the same communion of faith and sacraments.

    Harold Isbell
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    About the author

    Olivier-Maurice Clément (1921-2009) was one of the foremost Orthodox theologians of the 20th century. He actively promoted the reunification of Christians (he was friends with Pope John Paul II), dialogue between Christians and people of other beliefs, and the engagement of Christian thinkers with modern thought and society. As a history professor, he taught at the Louis-le-Grand lyceum in Paris for a long time. As a professor of the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Institut Saint-Serge) he became one of the most highly regarded witnesses to Orthodox Christianity, as well as one of the most prolific. He was a founder of the Orthodox Fellowship in Western Europe, and was the author of thirty books on the life, thought and history of the Orthodox Church, and their meeting with other Christians, the non-Christian religions and modernity. He was responsible for the theological journal, Contacts, and became a Doctor honoris causa at the Institute for theology in Bucharest and at the Catholic University in Louvain.