Great Medieval Mystics

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Synopsis

Join medieval literature expert Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D. to examine the foremost mystics from the Middle Ages through the lens of their greatest challenge: expression.

In the medieval period, how did religious women and men put into words their intense—and intensely personal—devotional practices, visions, and experiences? And how did those efforts to articulate mystical experiences comport with church doctrine?

IAs a profound attempt to enter into personal communion with the divine, mysticism tends to transcend not only the boundaries of human existence but also human language.

IAnd yet efforts to convey the indescribable beauty and intensity of mystical experiences abound.

IAs you explore these questions with Prof. Fee, you will be amazed at how passionately medieval mystics often wrestled to reconcile the theological implications of their personal faiths with patristic understandings of God.

IRecognizing that mysticism is a movement limited to neither Christianity nor the Middle Ages, Prof. Fee offers you glimpses into Jewish and Islamic mystic traditions near the end of the course. You’ll conclude with a discussion about the surprising relevance of medieval mysticism to our own postmodern culture.

IYou’ll rejoice in this fresh approach to the mystical tradition, grounded in history and letters but elevated by the mystery of the soul. A natural and energetic speaker, Prof. Fee sets every aspect of his subject ablaze. You’ll find his enthusiasm infectious.

IThis course is part of the Learn25 collection.

Chapters

  • Opening Credits

    Duration: 01min
  • Medieval Mysticism: Of Monasteries, Hermits, and Anchorites

    Duration: 24min
  • Bernard of Clairvaux

    Duration: 24min
  • Francis of Assisi

    Duration: 24min
  • Hildegard of Bingen

    Duration: 23min
  • Meister Eckhart

    Duration: 23min
  • Richard Rolle of Hampole

    Duration: 25min
  • Walter Hilton

    Duration: 23min
  • The Cloud of Unknowing

    Duration: 23min
  • The Ancrene Wisse

    Duration: 23min
  • “Love was His Meaning:” Julian of Norwich

    Duration: 24min
  • Margery Kempe

    Duration: 25min
  • Teresa of Ávila

    Duration: 24min
  • The Dark Night of the Soul: Saint John of the Cross

    Duration: 21min
  • Kabbalah and Medieval Jewish Mysticism

    Duration: 25min
  • Sufism and Medieval Islamic Mysticism

    Duration: 26min
  • George Fox and the Quakers

    Duration: 24min
  • John Wesley and the Methodists

    Duration: 21min
  • Medieval Mysticism in Postmodern Context

    Duration: 24min
  • Ending Credits

    Duration: 10s