Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Religion 230. Mysticism and Spirituality

An examination of mysticism as well as other forms of personal religious consciousness and the way individuals have integrated religious experience with their general understanding of existence. Attention will be given to accounts of mysticism and spirituality found in different cultures and historical periods. Fundamental issues include: the character of religious experience, the significance of gender in spirituality, self-realization and self-transformation, the relationship of interior experience and public life and altered states of consciousness.