Does mysticism mandate theism? Or can one be an atheistic mystic? Is mysticism either theistic or atheistic, or something else?
Infographic—The Perennial Cycle of Religions: Mysticism to Politics v1.0
I created a graphic to better illustrate the evolution (or devolution) from mysticism to religion to politics, and back again, as originally modeled by David Steindl-Rast.
The Perennial Cycle from Mysticism to Religion to Politics
What is the relationship between mysticism and religion? It is perhaps a cycle, which begins in mysticism and ends in fundamentalist dogmatic religion, and politics, where it begins again.
Is There Any Way that the Book of Mormon is “Historical”? A Mystical & Perennialist Perspective
Yes, actually, I think there is a Way. But it's perhaps not the Way that most people think, desire, or hope, but I suggest it is Divine.
Niels Bohr, a founder of quantum mechanics, was a Mystic
Modern physics leads to mysticism. Why? What do we find when we pull apart reality? Perhaps that we can't ultimately pull it apart.
The Tension between Absolute Knowing and Mystical Uncertainty
Can we know anything absolutely? Is there an absolute objective truth out there? What does mysticism say about this?
My Interpretations of the Divine that differ from Traditional Judeo-Christianity
My ideas about the Divine have shifted in recent years as my spiritual practice has deepened. Here are some thoughts about how I currently interpret "God."
Animals Don’t Seem to Worship God, So Did Humans Invent God?
Did the idea of "God" only arise with humans? And if so, what does that say about the reality of God, and our relationship with God?
Does Mysticism need Community? If so, what kind?
Do mystics withdraw from all community to a solitary and independent life, or do they find deep oneness in community? What kind of community?
The Mystical State of Consciousness in Joseph Smith’s First Vision
I suggest that Joseph Smith's earliest direct encounters with God happened in mystical experience, or what is also known as altered states of consciousness.