I’ve just read the most important spirituality post I’ve encountered thus far in 2009. It’s short, but powerful. It comes from my friend Carl McColman, who’s finishing up his much-anticipated Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Here’s an early peak at one of his concluding chapters, on the future of Christian spirituality (or mysticism) – Carl’s Seven Theses, I’m calling it:
- Christian mysticism in the future will be increasingly Trinitarian.
- Trinitarian Christian mysticism in the future will be essentially relational.
- Christian mysticism in the future will be increasingly earthy.
- The future of Christian mysticism will hold apophatic and kataphatic spirituality in creative tension.
- Christian mysticism in the future will embrace interreligious wisdom.
- Christian mysticism in the future will embrace scientific knowledge and will celebrate its own evolutionary nature.
- The future of Christian mysticism will be revealed to us through narrative and story, not just through abstract theology and philosophy.
There’s a lot of biblical and cultural wisdom packed into each of these theses; I’ve been mulling over several of these for some time now, but I love how he develops them. If you want to read how Carl unpacks this – or why you should care about ‘Christian mysticism’ at all – please take a moment and read his full post.