Experiencing God with the Medieval Mystics

Experiencing God with the Medieval Mystics
Starts from:Mon, April 12, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Church History This unit is cross-listed in the disciplines of Spirituality and Church History.
  • Online This unit is only available online. The student must be available to be online at the class time specified.
  • 2021 This unit is not being offered in 2020 however, will be considered in the planning of the 2021 timetable. If you are interested in studying this unit, please email us at enquiries@jcs.edu.au to register your interest.
Class Description

This unit is only offered online (via Big Blue Button and ARK) as the lecturer is based in The Netherlands.

The unit addresses the subject of medieval Christian mysticism [1100‐1600] in Europe through the study of primary sources using significant authors from various linguistic traditions. It aims to provide students with an understanding of common characteristics of mystical texts as well individual differences related to different historical contexts. The unit will help students reflect meditatively upon selected material, and will invite them to relate the study of Christian mysticism to their own personal contexts and their spiritual formation.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. articulate a detailed knowledge of the history, content and context of selected mystical texts
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of the defining characteristics of mystical texts and individual differences between authors and their historical contexts
  3. research, analyse, critically interpret and develop a sustained argument on selected mystical texts
  4. critically reflect on medieval mysticism in dialogue with contemporary theology and spirituality
  5. critically reflect on the relevance of medieval mystical texts in the light of their own spiritual journey and spiritual formation.


Dr Ineke Langhans-Cornet


This unit was delivered in 2018 and will be offered in 2021-2022.


FEES – For 10 cp units. Double for 20 cp units.

Students enrolled for academic credit | $2,266 Domestic Students | $2,925 International Students

Audit students (not for academic credit) | $1,133


Engen, John Van. Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life. The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

Faesen, Rob. “What is a Mystical Experience? History and Interpretation.” Louvain Studies 23 (1999): 221‐245.

Guigo II. The Ladder of Monks: A Letter on the Contemplative Life and Twelve Meditations. Translated by James Walsh and Edmund Colledge. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1981.

Hadewijch. The Complete Works. Translated by Columbia Hart. The Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1980.

Jan van Ruusbroec. Boecsken der verclaringhe / Little Book of Enlightenment. Edited by Guido de Baere. Translated by Phayre Crowley and Helen Rolfson. Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 101. Tielt and Turnhout: Lannoo and Brepols, 1989.

Leclercq, Jean. The Love of Learning and the Desire for God. A Study in Monastic Culture.  Translated by Catharine Misrahi. New York: Fordham University Press, 1961.

Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries. Edited by Rik Van Nieuwenhove, Robert Faesen and Helen Rolfson. The Classics of Western Spirituality. New York, and Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2008.

Lubac, Henri de. Medieval Exegesis. The Four Senses of Scripture. Vol. 1. Translated by Marc Sebanc. Grand Rapids, MI and Edinburgh: William B. Eerdmans and T&T Clark, 1998; and Lubac, Henri de. Medieval Exegesis. The Four Senses of Scripture. Vol. 2. Translated by E.Macierowski. Grand Rapids, MI and Edinburgh: William B. Eerdmans and T&T Clark, 2000.

McGinn, Bernard. The Presence of God. A History of Western Christian Mysticism. 5 vols. New York: Crossroad, 1991‐2012.

McGinn, Bernard, John Meyendorff, and Jean Leclerq, eds, Christian Spirituality. Origins to the twelfth century. World Spirituality 16. An Encyclopaedic History of the Religious Quest. New York: Crossroad, 1985.

O’Walshe, Maurice, and Bernard McGinn, The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart.

New York: Crossroad, 2010.

Raitt, Jill, ed. Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation.  World Spirituality 17.

An Encyclopaedic History of the Religious Quest. New York: Crossroad, 1987.

For translations of other authors, please use the Classics of Western Spirituality Series, unless otherwise advised by the lecturer.


  • Ineke Cornet


    Ineke studied history and theology at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and obtained a PhD in Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, as well as a PhD in Literature from the University of Antwerp, in 2011.