Adult Study: The Mystical Tradition

Sundays at 9:15 am in Sherrill Hall, Father Raymond presents video lectures by Professor Timothy Johnson, which explore the richness of the which explore the richness of the mystical ways beginning with Christianity. Discussion will follow the video viewing. (Lecture schedule)

“The greatest human ambition is to seek God, and the only true tragedy is failing to become a saint.” These are the convictions of men and women that are often called mystics. Their lifelong quest is to experience the living God as the expression of what is most authentic in themselves and to offer a glimpse of divine light to the rest of humanity.

Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Johnson earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Yale University, as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, an M.Div. in Theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A former Benedictine monk, Professor Johnson has taught at Yale Divinity School and Indiana University, and won numerous awards for his work.

October 23: A Way into the Mystic Ways of the West

October 30: Family resemblances and Differences

November 6 – The Biblical Roots of Western Mysticism

November 13 – Mystical Elements in the New Testament

November 27 – Gnostic Christianity

December 4 – The Spirituality of the Desert

December 11 – Shaping Christian Mysticism in the East

December 18 – Eastern Monks and the Hesychastic Tradition

Lecture 9 (18) – The Mysticism of Western Mysticism

Lecture 10 (19) – Medieval Female Mystics

Lecture 11 (20) – Mendicants as Mystics

Lecture 12 (21) – English Mystics of the 14th Century

Lecture 13 (22) – 15th & 16th Century Spanish Mystics

Lecture 14 (23) – Mysticism among Protestant Reformers

Lecture 15 (24) – Mystical Expressions in Protestantism

Lecture 16 (25) – 20th Century Mystics