List of Christian mystics

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Christian mysticism refers to the development of mystical practices and theory within Christianity. It has often been connected to mystical theology, especially in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity (both the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox traditions).

The attributes and means by which Christian mysticism is studied and practiced are varied. They range from ecstatic visions of the soul's mystical union with God to simple prayerful contemplation of Holy Scripture (i.e., Lectio Divina).

The experiences of mystics are often framed within theological approaches to God, such as Quietism, Pietism, etc.; therefore, in order to aid in the understanding of Christian mysticism, this list includes some philosophers, theologians, anonymous theological books, religious groups and movements whose ideas and practices have had an influence on Christian mystics and the Christian mystical experience.

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  • John Ferguson; Encyclopedia of Mysticism and Mystery Religions (Crossroad: New York, 1982)
  • William Ralph Inge; Christian Mysticism (Methuen: London, 1899)
  • Rufus M. Jones; Sprititual Reformers in the 16th and 17th Centuries (Beacon Press: Boston, 1959)
  • E.H. Broadbent; The Pilgrim Church (Pickering & Inglis, Bassingstoke, 1985)
  • Paul Szarmach, editor; An Introduction to the Medieval Mystics of Europe (State University of New York Press: Albany, 1984)
  • R.I. Moore; The Birth of Popular Heresy (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975)
  • Evelyn Underhill; Mystics of the Church (Morehouse-Barlow: Wilton CT, 1925)
  • F.C. Happold; Mysticism, A Study and an Anthology (Penguin Books: Baltimore, 1963)