From: John Burgeson (
Date: Sat Feb 15 2003 - 11:42:28 EST

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    We've been studying Mysticism in the history class I'm auditing at Iliff.
    Today the following notice came in my e-mail. It looks interesting.

    Mysticism is, of course, a vital part of Christianity. Although probably
    some folks are afraid if it.


    Religion, Mysticism, and Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium on the
    Moral Implications of Mysticism in the World Religions 17-18 May 2003,
    Princeton University

    Conference Rationale

    Ever since William James delivered exactly one hundred years ago an
    open-minded, sensitive and wide-ranging phenomenology of the experiential
    (as opposed to doctrinal) aspects of religion, it has become increasingly
    clear that the phenomena of religious experience, and of mysticism in
    particular, can and ought to be made the object of unprejudiced academic
    inquiry. James shows in more compelling ways than previous writers that
    mystical experiences play an important part of the history of human
    consciousness, that they have momentous effects on human lives and transform
    the way in which mystics perceive, think about and relate to their social
    and natural environment. Mysticism has not only speculative and experiential
    dimensions, but also profoundly ethical ones, and not just on the level of
    the individual. However, the precise relationship between mysticism and
    moral belief or practice, and especially the way in which mysticism has
    served historically as a foundation for moral conduct, has received
    comparatively little academic attention and remains, to some extent,
    uncharted territory. The colloquium to take place in Princeton in May 2003
    brings together scholars of mysticism and ethics in the various world
    religions in order to explore, critically and co-operatively, the many
    implications of mysticism for moral conduct

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