Miscellaneous Topics

Certain topics related to the exploration of mysticism don’t fit neatly in any of the other categories in this (un)knowledge base, so they get categorized here.

Contemplation and Celtic Spirituality

Celtic spirituality is the spirituality of the edge of the world. It acknowledges that “edge” place in our hearts where time meets eternity, where words fade off into silence, and where heaven silently gazes into the turmoil of earthly life. <a href=/unknowing/celtic-contemplation/>Read More »</a>

How to Foster a Contemplative Church

If Christians (especially young ones) only knew about the contemplative dimension of Christian spirituality, they would not be abandoning the church as rapidly as they are. And it's the local congregation's job to teach the Christian contemplative tradition. <a href=/unknowing/contemplative-church/>Read More »</a>

Interfaith-Friendly Christianity

Contemplative and mystical spirituality often is comfortable, perhaps even prefers, positive and creative interaction between differing faiths. I think the reason for this is simple: contemplative spirituality tends to cultivate a sense of love and compassion, and looks to find the presence of God in all things. <a href=/unknowing/interfaith-friendly/>Read More »</a>

Spiritual But Not Religious: A Mystical Approach

"I'm spiritual but not religious." It's an increasingly common way for people to identify their relationship to spirituality (as a system for personal growth) and religion (as an institution that requires membership, conformity, and submission). <a href=/unknowing/the-chrysalis-and-the-butterfly-a-new-way-to-think-about-the-relationship-between-spirituality-and-religion/>Read More »</a>

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