1: Plato 2: Philo 3: Plotinus 4: Origen 5: Nicene Orthodoxy 6: The Monastic Contributions 7: Augustine 8: Denys the Areopagite 9: Patristic Mysticism and St John of the Cross 10: The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body 11: Epilogue
Andrew Louth is Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham.
`The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition [is] a standard resource for students of this topic' M. J Edwards, The Classical Review `a book on spirituality which is trenchant and without any touch of sentimentality.' Henry Chadwick, TLS `It is not often that we chance to meet with a book so rich that it would be impossible to discuss it in full without writing another one at least as long.' Louis Bouyer, Sobornost `It is a great merit in this book that it is ready to talk about dogma and indeed tries to unite, in the spirit of the Fathers, doctrine and spirituality.' Journal of Theological Studies `splendid survey of patristic spirituality ... Here we find not merely the often-repeated statement that theology and spirituality are inseparable in the Fathers, but a careful demonstration of this.' New Fire