All Things Considered

All Things Considered

Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner

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“Wasting time with God” is one definition of mysticism; for others, it’s a highly suspect, self-obsessed  practice beginning with ‘mist’, putting ‘I’ firmly in the middle, and ending in ‘schism’!

So what exactly is a mystic, and what practical benefit can there be to a mystical approach to spirituality?

For Pentecost,  Mary Stallard discusses mysticism with a panel of guests, and speaks to the remarkable woman who gave up a successful career in publishing to pursue a quite different pathway as a charity worker, and to an Anglican theologian who finds his most mystical experience occurs when improvising jazz on his saxophone.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />