Relational Contemplation

Christian Mysticism is More Than Just the Flight of the Alone to the Alone

Medieval image of Neoplatonic philosophers Plotinus and Porphyry (public domain).

The Christian faith stands on the recognition that God is Love. Therefore, love is the heart of all spirituality, including contemplative prayer. We are called not just to be contemplatives — we are called to be relational contemplatives. Writing in the third century, the Neoplatonist philosopher Plotinus had this to say about mysticism: This is the life of gods […]

“Just a touch of wildness”

Did Evelyn Underhill inspire C. S. Lewis?

"Just a touch of wildness"?

One of my favorite contemplative authors from the early twentieth century — Evelyn Underhill — corresponded with another favorite author, C. S. Lewis. Underhill (1875-1941) was the leading English author on Christian mysticism in her day. Lewis (1898-1963) became renowned especially for his imaginative spiritual fiction. Several of her letters to him are preservered in The Letters […]