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The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism, by Arthur Versluis

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The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism: Sacred Practices and Spiritual Marriage, by Arthur Versluis
Destiny Books, 9781594772122, 167 pp., 2008

This book addresses a topic which is often overlooked (or else looked at as an embarrassing part of the mystical tradition) here in the Western world. This book looks at both the Pagan and Christian mystic traditions in many of their manifestations, with an emphasis of the Christian side. There is a tendency, fortunately avoided by Professor Versluis, to perceive movements such as “Paganism” and “Christianity” as monolithic movements having only one face. That was not, and is not, the case. There have always existed multiple approaches to the mystical experience.

This book concentrates on the sexual mysticism in the Christian tradition, which is probably less understood than its associated Pagan counterparts. Continue reading