Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Mysticism is the most distinctive characteristic of religion. It is considered by many religious thinkers to be the essential of religion. All religion, in order to be religion, is and must be, at least partly, mystical. Yet in spite of its great importance in religion, mysticism suffers from much confusion. Great mystics eloquently describe their mystical experiences they write volume upon volume about them. And after reading what they have to say, we are forced to ask ourselves, "What is mysticism?" Why so much confusion? If mysticism has anything of value to contribute to the world, it must be more than confusion.
Andry, Carl Franklin, "A Study of Paul's Mystical Experiences" (1942). Graduate Thesis Collection. 336.