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Department
Religion
Course
RELI 216
Professor
Howard Joseph
Semester
Fall

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Mysticism questiosn from lecture 1. Characteristics: Ineffability- emphasizes the private, or at least unspeakable, quality of the experience. Mystics have written openly about their experiences. Words can never capture their full meaning. This raises a delicate problem of interpretation. Noetic: to be sure that mystical insight hardly ever arguments theoretical knowledge. Insight suffuses a person’s knowledge with unique sense of incorporation. Passivity: passivity of a mystical experience may be its most distinctive characteristic. Once the higher power takes possession, all voluntary preparation appears to lose its effectiveness. Transiency: remained in enhanced states of consciousness. Irregular intensive experiences figured therein as moments of a more comprehensive surpassing awareness. Rhythmic: quality of mystical life. Integration: the mystical consciousness somehow succeeds in overcoming previously existing opposition in its integration with a higher reality. 2. Nature mysticism refers to the kind of intense experience whereby the subject feels himself merging with the cosmic totality. But in the religious experience a sense of transcendence persists throughout the experience of cosmic union either with regard to nature as a whole or to its underlying principle. Chief advocates of nature mysticism are, John F. Cooper, William Wordsworth, and Jean Paul. 3. The Mysticism of Emptiness: Buddhism: rooted in a profoundly pessimistic attitude about the changing world of everyday existence, they aim at a condition of changelessness that surpasses that existence. Mostly hope to attain this salvation through enlightenment prepared by moral discipline and mental concentration. Ch’an Buddhism indicates the importance of mental concentration. But Zen also requires a systematic surpassing of reason. Once the mind is cleared of conscious thought, unconscious elements emerge from its subliminal depths. This is called hallucinations and they are considered demonic. Prophecy 1. The term prophecy me
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