History of Mysticism

Mystics have thrived in every century of the Christian era. The articles in this section will give you sense of the history of Christian mysticism: the story of those who have responded lavishly to the call to intimacy with God.

Evelyn Underhill’s Historical Sketch of Mysticism

This essay originally appeared in Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness (1911). As that book is now in the public domain, and as this article is an excellent best brief summary of Christian mysticism, at least through the 18th century (with some consideration of non-Christian mystics as well), I'm publishing it here for the benefit of the readers of this site.

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