The Mystical Element of Religion 2 Volumes by Baron F. Von Hügel


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J.M. Dent & Sons, 1927. A very good set, clean bright copies, with excellent dust jackets, light creasing to head and foot, professional repair to rear panel volume 2. 888 pages. The Mystical Element of Religion As Studied in Saint Catherine of Genoa and Her Friends.

'Friedrich von Hügel's 'Mystical Element of Religion' remains the authoritative study of the spirituality of Catherine of Genoa. First published in 1908, this seminal work develops the author's major theory of the three basic elements of religion, institutional, intellectual and mystical. Von Hügel shows how Catherine's mysticism relates to her life and thought, making his comprehensive and masterly two-volume analysis a classic in the study of Western mysticism. Baron von Hügel was an influential Roman Catholic lay philosopher and writer. He was born in Florence, Italy, in 1852. His family moved to England when he was fifteen, and he remained there for the rest of his life, abandoning his Austrian citizenship during the First World War. He never went to university nor did he hold any academic post, but mainly because of the importance of 'The Mystical Element of Religion' became the first Roman Catholic to be awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity by the University of Oxford. He died in 1925.'

'Kirkegaard used to claim that he ever wrote existentially, pricked on by the exigencies of actual life, to attempt their expression in terms of that life, and in view of its further spiritual development. More than ever the spiritual life appears now as supremely worth the having, and yet it seems to raise, or to find, the most formidable difficulties or even deadlocks. I can but hope that these pages may have so largely sprung from the exigencies of that life itself,—that they may have caught so much of the spirit of the chief livers of the spiritual life, especially of St. Catherine of Genoa and of St. John of the Cross, and, above all, of the One Master and Measure of Christianity and of the Church,—as to stimulate such life, its practice, love and study, in their readers, and may point them, spur them on, through and beyond all that here has been attempted, missed or obscured, to fuller religious insight, force and fruitfulness.'

Category Theology