Evelyn Underhill: modern guide to the ancient quest for the by Dana Greene

By Dana Greene

Evelyn Underhill used to be a pioneer in revitalizing curiosity in mysticism and within the religious lifestyles as lived via traditional humans. listed below are a few of her articles that exhibit the diversity and improvement of her suggestion over 40 years. the subjects of magic and mysticism, prayer and pacifism are all thought of, with specific emphasis on Underhill's concentrate on own spiritual adventure, its nurturance in prayer, its security by means of institutional faith, and its implications for all elements of existence. jointly, the items remove darkness from the author's movement from Platonism to the incarnational spirituality lived out through the years among the realm wars.

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35 The principal ways Underhill educated persons to an understanding of spiritual consciousness was through her writing and through spiritual direction and retreats. The two major books of her later years were Mixed Pasture and Worship. In both, Underhill made an important contribution to nurturing the spiritual life. Published in 1933, Mixed Pasture is just that, an offering of herbage, a collection of articles about interior and exterior aspects of Christian spirituality. It contains essays on the first principles underlying mystical religion, the social implications of Christianity, and various expressions of the spiritual life as revealed by St.

Although her particular vocation was to point to the spiritual, she believed that the spiritual was found enmeshed in life itself. Her commitment was to illuminating and fostering the life of holiness lived in the world. The next two articles, "Suggestion and Religious Experience" and "Christian Fellowship: Past and Present" illustrates how Underhill used her analytical skills to explore religious experience and religious community. In "Suggestion and Religious Experience" she brought together her interest in psychology with her knowledge of mysticism.

21 Dec. 1921. Archives. St. Andrews University Library. St. Andrews, Scotland. Page 26 3. Lucy Menzies, Biography of Evelyn Underhill. TS (unfinished).

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