Religious Studies | Mystical Prayer and Western Spirituality
R360 | 3737 | Weaver


R360 Mystical Prayer and Western Spirituality (3 Cr.) MW 2:30-3:45 M340
(section 3737)(Weaver)

This course focuses on Western Christian mysticism as a way to understand
the broad concept of "spirituality."  We may come up with a working
definition of mysticism, but I am more interested in reading some of the
great classical texts that describe it.  We will begin by reading an
18thcentury Russian work, The Way of the Pilgrim and will then look at
Julian or Norwich (14th century England), Bernard of Clairvaux (12th
century France), and the two great 16th century Spanish mystics, John of
the Cross and Teresa of Avila.

Requirements:  Attendance, mid-term and final exams + term paper.  There
will also be a course READER.  The idea here is to take a good deal of
time doing a careful reading of
some very compelling and remarkable descriptions of "mystical" experience.