The Mystical Element of Religion: As Studied in Saint Catherine of Genoa and Her Friends  -     By: Friedrich Von Hugel
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The Mystical Element of Religion: As Studied in Saint Catherine of Genoa and Her Friends

Herder & Herder / 1999 / Paperback

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Philosopher of religion, lay theologian, and biblical exegete, Baron Friedrich von Hugel was a remarkable man who started writing a biography of St. Catherine of Genoa and ended up writing an extensive and brilliant treatise on the "philosophy of mysticism." Using St. Catherine and her friends as illustrative examples, in this book he develops his well-known analysis of the three basic elements of religion. Institutionalism, based on sense and memory, refers to that which is external, authoritative, historical, and institutional in religion. Intellectualism, based on the reasoning, argumentative, abstractive side of human nature, refers to the critical, speculative, and philosophical dimension of religion. Mysticism, based on the exercise of will and action, refers to the experiential, the intuitive, the emotional, and the mystical element of religion.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 944
Vendor: Herder & Herder
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0824517903
ISBN-13: 9780824517908
Availability: Available to ship on or about 10/18/14.

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As Studied in Saint Catherine of Genoa and her Friends With an introduction by Michael Downey Philosopher of religion, lay theologian, and biblical exegete, Baron Friedrich von Huegel was a remarkable man who set out to write a biography of Saint Catherine of Genoa and ended up writing an extensive and brilliant treatise on the "philosophy of mysticism." Using St. Catherine and her friends as illustrative examples, in this book he develops his well-known analysis of the three basics elements of religion: 1) the institutional, 2) the intellectual and 3) the mystical. While he saw the mystical element as the summit of religion, von Huegel insisted that all three are necessarily present at the same time, and that the key to the highest spiritual life is the attainment of the proper balance among the three. This volume is part of the prestigious series Milestones in Catholic Mysticism and Spirituality. Herder & Herder is bringing back into print a number of seminal works that have had a lasting influence on the study of mysticism and spirituality, in order to make them available once more for both scholars and students.

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