Catherine and the Beguines April 30, 2015

Catherine of Siena (1347-81) Catherine of Siena found her religious calling early in her life, and made a nuisance of herself at home by falling into trances, praying incessantly, and going on a hunger strike to protest against marrying her widowed brother-in-law. At the beginning her parents took away her bed chamber and forced herView Full Page…

Western Mysticism – A very brief introduction

Two branches of western medieval christian Mysticism Apophatic or negative theology– “A way of approaching God by denying that any of our concepts can be properly affirmed of Him. It is contrasted with affirmative and symbolic theology. The soul rejects all ideas and images of God and enters the ‘darkness that is beyond understanding’, where itView Full Page…

Ideas from first class April 28, 2015

Hi all, Here are the bullets from my powerpoint presentation on types and themes of Visionary Women. 1. Types Positive representations Mystic Vessel Virgin Prophet Medium   Negative representations Madwoman Hysteric Whore Witch, demoniac Charlatan 2. Examples Positive: science vs faith Fringe – Season 5 Ep 8 Human Kind Ch 4 Olivia meets Simone inView Full Page…