Numerous works, representing the extreme of mysticism, were published by his pupils as the result of his teaching.
In spite of his own leaning towards mysticism he was a strong opponent of the IIasidim, a mystical sect founded by Israel Ba'al Shem Tobh (Besht) and promoted by Baer of Meseritz.
Schwenkfeld's mysticism was the cause of his divergence from Protestant orthodoxy and the root of his peculiar religious and theological position.
MYSTICISM (from Gr.
Hence the speculative utterances of mysticism are always more or less pantheistic in character.
On the practical side, mysticism maintains the possibility of direct intercourse with this Being of beings - intercourse, not through any external media such as an historical revelation, oracles, answers to prayer, and the like, but by a species of ecstatic transfusion or identification, in which the individual becomes in very truth " partaker of the divine nature."
Mysticism differs, therefore, from ordinary pantheism in that its inmost motive is religious; but, whereas religion is ordinarily occupied with a practical problem and develops its theory in an ethical reference, mysticism displays a predominatingly speculative bent, starting from the divine nature rather than from man and his surroundings, taking the symbolism of religious feeling as literally or metaphysically true, and straining after the present realization of an ineffable union.
At times they merely bring into prominence again the ever-fresh fact of personal religious experience; at other times mysticism develops itself as a powerful solvent of definite dogmas.
A review of the historical appearances of mysticism will serve to show how far the above characteristics are to be found, separately or in combination, in its different phases.
In the East, mysticism is not so much a specific phenomenon as a natural deduction from the dominant philosophic systems, and the normal expression of religious feeling in the lands in which it appears.
The so-called mysticism of the Persian Sufis is less intense and practical, more airy and literary in character.
But, inasmuch as a God is affirmed beyond reason, the mysticism becomes in a.
Ancient philosophy was dying out in the schools of Athens, that the speculative mysticism of Neoplatonism made a.
These are the permanent outlines of what may be called the philosophy of mysticism in Christian times, and it is remarkable with how little variation they are repeated from age to age.
Mysticism, on the other hand, is marked on its speculative side by even an overweening confidence in human reason.
Mysticism was more systematically developed by Bernard's contemporary Hugh of St Victor (1096-1141).
The Augustinian monastery of St Victor near Paris became the headquarters of mysticism during the 12th century.
They are the last representatives, of mysticism within the limitations imposed by scholasticism.
A peculiarly fruitful soil for mysticism, and, in connexion either with the Beguines or the Church organization, a number of women appear about this time, combining a spirit of mystical piety and asceticism with sturdy reformatory zeal directed against the abuses of the time.
Such was the seedground in which what is specifically known as German mysticism sprang up.
Mysticism was pieced on somewhat incongruously to a scholastically accepted theology; the feelings and the intellect were not brought together.
Jan van Ruysbroeck (1294-1381), the father of mysticism in the Netherlands, stood in connexion with the Friends of God, and Tauler is said to have visited him in his seclusion at Groenendal (Vauvert, Griinthal) near Brussels.Ruy sbroeck.
Nevertheless, mysticism did prepare men in a very real way for a break with the traditional system.
Mysticism instinctively recedes from formulas that have become stereotyped and mechanical.
The wild doctrines of Thomas Miinzer and the Zwickau prophets, merging eventually into the excesses of the Peasants' War and the doings of the Anabaptists in Minster, first roused Luther to the dangerous possibilities of mysticism as a disintegrating force.
He has abandoned himself altogether to this mysticism (Pierre could not tolerate mysticism in anyone now).