Mysticism: The Apex of Christian Spirituality.
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Mysticism: The Apex of Christian Spirituality.

An introduction to mysticism and the spiritual journey within Christianity which leads to it..
4.8 (8 ratings)
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Created by Janet Gentles
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the three major stages in path of Christian Spiritual Ascent in general terms.
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Description

This course is for those who wish to discover more about the inner and spiritual teachings of Christianity as well as those who seek to make progress on their spiritual journey.

For many centuries Christianity has recognized three primary stages of spiritual development which reach their pinnacle in mysticism. Yet mysticism remains a word that is little understood. The objective of this course is to provide an outline of what Christian mysticism is and the three primary stages of development which precede this pinnacle of spiritual attainment. 


As a primary step towards this an examination is made of Evelyn Underhill’s talk ‘What is Mysticism?’ in which she introduces what the nature of mysticism is and what it is not.

This is followed by an overview of what the three stages of the spiritual journey are. It speaks of there being two major conversion experiences on this path; baptism and the Mystical New Birth. This section also introduces a fourth (or what is really the first) stage of the journey, namely that of the natural human state.

By way of example this section also describes spiritual experiences had by Madame Guyon and Saint Catherine of Genoa. It also draws from what Saint Theresa of Avila and Saint Bernard of Clairveaux describe of the state of Mystical Union or Unification.

If you feel that something is missing in your Christian life, if there is something more to discover and experience, then this course is for you. It is for those who are asking questions and looking for answers.

This course is intended to provide an introduction to the deeper teachings of Christian spirituality as well as a foundation which can be built on.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is seeking a deeper understand and experience of Christian Spirituality.
  • Anyone who is seeking a deeper understand and experience of Christian Spirituality.
  • Those who do not yet want their belief to be challenged should NOT take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
01:55:31
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Introducing the path of spiritual development.
4 Lectures 10:53

A rich and deeply profound spirituality lies behind the surface teachings of Christianity.

Preview 04:01

Jacob's dream and its relation to the spiritual Journey

Preview 02:25

A look at a well-loved hymn which speaks of the spiritual journey.

Nearer my God to Thee
01:15

Welcome to this course and a short story about the course creator.

Welcome to this Course
03:12
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What is Mysticism?
14 Lectures 52:30

A short biography of Evelyn Underhill.

Preview 03:46

Part  1 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'1

Preview 04:46

Comments on Part  1 of 'What is Mysticism?'

Comments on Section 1
02:26

Part  2 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 2
05:35

Comments on Part  2 of 'What is Mysticism?'

Comments on Section 2
04:13

Part 3 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 3
03:37

Comments on Part  3 of 'What is Mysticism?'

Comments on Section 3
02:39

Part  4 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 4
04:11

Part  5 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 5
03:39

Part  6 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 6
02:44

Part  7 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 7
03:27

Comments on Part  7 of 'What is Mysticism?'

Comments on Section 7
02:38

Part  8 of Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'

What is Mysticism? - Section 8
05:39

Exploring the student's understanding of what mysticism is.

Quiz on Evelyn Underhill's talk 'What is Mysticism?'
3 questions

Comments explaining the path of spiritual development from two well recognized authorities.

Climbing the Spiritual Mountain
03:10
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The Stages of the Path of Spiritual Ascent
10 Lectures 52:26

The stages of spiritual development as they are incorporated into church buildings..

The Threefold Way
04:38

The spirituality depicted on the Great West Front of Bath Abbey.

The West Front of Bath Abbey
02:01

The spiritual state we are born into and the First Conversion which marls entry into the Faith.

The Natural State and Conversion
05:51

Considering the Way of Purification and its necessities.

The Way of Purification.
09:26

Questions relating to the third section of the course

Quiz on the Stages of the Path of Spiritual Development
3 questions

An outline of the Second Conversion or the Mystical New Birth and the Way of Illumination.

The Way of Illumination
03:58

The experience of Saint Catherine of Genoa at her awakening to the Way of Illumination.

The Awakening of Saint Catherine of Genoa
05:23

Madame Guyon describes her Mystical New Birth.

The Awakening of Madame Guyon
09:23

An brief introduction to Unification or Mystical Union and a quotation from St Theresa of Avila on its nature.

The Way of Unification or Mystical Union
03:48

A quotation from saint Bernard of Clairveaux on the path of spiritual ascent and on Unification.

Saint Bernard of Clairveaux on Mystical Union
03:24

Spiritual development is and always has been central to Christianity.

A Meditation
04:34
About the Instructor
Janet Gentles
4.6 Average rating
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602 Students
2 Courses
Promoter of the Paschal Light

For over forty years Janet has been researching and writing on Christian spirituality and Christian and Jewish mysticism.

* Extracts from her book 'Meditations on the Collects' have been quoted in the Church Times.
* Her biography of the first Jamaican Diocesan bishop. 'Percival Jamaica: His Life and Work' is to be found in the Henry Martyn Library, Cambridge University.
* Articles have been published in the Lay Reader (on the Labyrinth), the journal of the CSWG monastery (A Taste of Kabbalah) and elsewhere.
* Played an instrumental role in the preparation of the first edition of 'A Handbook for Anglicans' which is now widely used by the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
* Janet has guest lectured and given talks on spirituality to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the United Theological College of the West Indies. She has also given talks to several Church groups...