The Mystic Way: A Psychological Study in Christian Origins

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 IT is the object of this book to trace out that type of life, that peculiar quality of consciousness, which is called “mystical,” from its earliest appearance within Christianity; to estimate, so far as is possible, the true character and origin of the Christian mystic, and define the qualities which differentiate him from those other mystics who have been evolved along other lines of spiritual development, Oriental, Neoplatonic, or Mahomedan. It is now acknowledged by many psychologists—amongst whom Leuba and Delacroix are of special importance, since their conclusions are entirely free from theological bias—that the Christian mystic does possess such differentiating characters; and represents, so far as the psychical nature of man is concerned, a genuine species apart. Leuba, indeed, does not hesitate to call him “one of the most amazing and profound variations of which the human race has yet been witness.”
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Dec 31, 1913
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The Theologia Germanica is believed to have been written around 1350, by a priest in the house of the Teutonic order in Frankfort, Germany.  The author may have been associated with the "Friends of God," led by Dominicans, John Tauler and Blessed Henry Suso.  This book came to the attention of Martin Luther, and he is credited with giving the treatise its modern name.  Written over a century before Luther's time, its theology draws upon the Latin Christianity of the Rhineland.  The Theologia Germanica has appeared in many editions and languages over its 600-year history, and has taken its place beside the Imitation of Christ, in literature of devotion.  

Susanna Winkworth (1820-1884), translated the most complete version of the Theologia Germanica known, based on the Wurtzburg Manuscript, discovered in the 19th century.  Her translation, first published in 1854, includes additional passages not found in the editions made popular by Martin Luther.  

In this Modern English Edition of the Theologia Germanica from Scriptoria Books, only obsolete, archaic, and poetic words have been edited.  The grammar and syntax of Susanna Winkworth's original translation from the German manuscript, have been preserved.  This creates an edition that is true to the composition of the original translation, while providing a more-modern easier-reading text.

Scriptoria Books has transcribed this edition from the original text. It was then edited, formatted, and proofread through each revision. Our procedures are not automated. Our editions are not facsimiles and do not contain OCR interpreted text. Our books are carefully created new editions of classic works.
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