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By James Cutsinger

Anthology of approximately thousand years of Christian mystical writings from Catholic, japanese Orthodox, and Protestant views.

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Then the flame, darting through the heap of crackling wood, springs from branch to branch, and with lambent grasp catches upon every twig; nor does it rest until it penetrates everywhere and draws into itself all that it finds that is not flame. At length the whole combustible material is purged of its own nature and passes into the similitude and property of fire; then the din is hushed, and the voracious fire, having subdued all and brought all into its own likeness, composes itself to a high peace and silence, finding nothing more that is alien or opposed to itself.

But it is love insofar as it leads through devotion to a single-minded concentration on God that we have chosen to accentuate, and not that devotion itself—still less the cloying sentimentalism and lugubrious brooding which characterize much devotional and even “mystical” literature, and which are often rooted in a jealous attachment to sensible consolations and familiar styles of religious belief and behavior. This book also differs from other similar anthologies in the stress that it places on deification.

This is not a book to be read lightly. ” —John Chryssavgis, former dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and author of Ascent to Heaven and In the Heart of the Desert World Wisdom The Library of Perennial Philosophy The Library of Perennial Philosophy is dedicated to the exposition of the timeless Truth underlying the diverse religions. This Truth, often referred to as the Sophia Perennis—or Perennial Wisdom—finds its expression in the revealed Scriptures as well as the writings of the great sages and the artistic creations of the traditional worlds.

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