Mysticism in the Golden Age of Spain (1500-1650)
Mysticism in the Golden Age of Spain (1500-1650)

Mysticism in the Golden Age of Spain (1500-1650)

The Presence of God


500 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover

Hardcover, $74.95 (US $74.95) (CA $100.95)

Publication Date: November 2017

ISBN 9780824500900

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Mysticism in the Golden Age of Spain (1500-1650) provides the single most thorough history of the influence of Spain on Christian mysticism during the Reformation. Serious church scholars and students of church history and mysticism will make this volume an essential part of their library. It is the 7th installment in the Presence of God series, which has been acknowledged by both the review media and the academy as the most important and comprehensive series devoted to the Reformation. It is a complete treatment of the subject, including extensive notes and references. Unlike general histories that have been written about the Reformation, McGinn's volume is rich in detail and provides a fascinating and intelligent review of mysticism in early Spain.


"A work of encyclopedic proportions." –CHOICE "Bernard McGinn has enriched the knowledge of our spiritual tradition as no other work in recent memory has done." –THE THOMIST "A seminal study from the leading authority on Christian mysticism." –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Bernard McGinn's indispensable volume Mysticism in the Reformation (1500-1650) advances his survey of Western Mysticism by surmounting misleading distinctions between Catholic and Protestant, medieval and post-medieval mystical currents and reintegrating his overall theme in intellectual history. By basing his survey on strict philological method, he resurrects the living voices of the mystics while incorporating their thought in the history of literature and ideas." --Andrew Weeks, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana "In this latest volume Bernard McGinn continues his brilliant elucidation of mystical trends and individual mystics that figure the extraordinary differentiated and plural reality of the history of Western mysticism. Here McGinn explores mysticism as it operates in the various forms of Protestantism, for example, in the magisterial reformers, in the mysticism of the left- wing of the Reformation, in the spiritual reformers, and in the speculative mysticism of Jacob Boehme. While appropriately the main focus is on German Protestant forms of mysticism, it is refreshing to see that a quarter of the book is devotion to mysticism in the English Reformation. This volume exhibits all the virtues of McGinn's scholarship that have been so much in evidence in the previous volumes: vast erudition, indefatigable intellectual energy, searing intelligence, and impeccable judgment. McGinn does alone what is commonly believed only an army of specialists could plausibly attempt, and exceeds what could be imagined for them." --Cyril O'Regan, University of Notre Dame "Once again Bernard McGinn has written an excellent and thorough examination of the Christian mystical tradition. Addressing the complex nature of a divided Christianity, McGinn focuses on the mystical elements and thinkers in the Protestant Reformation, providing an in-depth analysis of both the ecclesiastical contexts and the theologies of the Magisterial, Radical, and English Reformers. Beginning with Martin Luther, the volume concludes with mystical figures in Puritanism. There is much to learn from this extensive, learned, and insightful study." --Susan Schreiner, University of Chicago

Author Biography

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor emeritus of Historical Theology and the History of Christianity at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, where he taught for thirty-four years. He is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is married to Patricia Ferris McGinn, a licensed professional counselor, with whom he collaborated in writing Early Christian Mystics: The Divine Vision of the Spiritual Masters (Crossroad, 2003). He is enjoying a fruitful retirement, continuing to research and write volumes for the critically-acclaimed The Presence of God: A History of Western Christian Mysticism series.