Talk:Christian mysticism

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Shekhinah??[edit]

In section Jewish antecedents it is alleged that Shekhinah is an important source of Christian mysticism. The concept of Shekhinah was formulated within medieval Kabbalist Orthodox judaism abt 13th century. Christian mysticism in one and another form was present since the beginning, whereof Origen and Clement of Alexandria are considered representatives. Some branches of Christian mysticism took interest in the kabbalist concepts, but essentially put them to another use than in the Judaic original. But Christian mysticism essentially derives from the original Christian ways of using the Bible as a vast collection of divine symbols, containing an esoteric message. Some of it derived from fringe Judaism, but others were constituted from Platonic patterns of reasoning.

The section Jewish antecedents is written to give the ambiguous impression that either Shekhinah predated Christianity, or that Christian mysticism originated within Judaism. I'm pretty sure that this is incorrect, mysticism is as inherent in Christianity itself as it naturally is in any religion. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 11:20, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes.
That entire section needs work, primarily because it does not lead toward a better understanding of the topic-- but distracts which it need not do. I think far more obvious "Jewish Antecedents" are the Biblical accounts of visions and the historical ascetics, rather than the esoteric. To put that another way-- Christian Mysticism did, indeed, originate in the Jewish tradition but the disparity becomes a focus when seen as schools of mysticism rather than the organic relation that it is.
Look at mainstream iconic Christian mystics, and none is beholding to particular philosophies or schools of thought or even movements contemporary to their lives (which this section seems to try and present)-- but simply write of their experiences-- and most of those mystics have much in common. There is not an "us verses them" focus among them-- but always an "I-Thou."

--cregil (talk) 16:49, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Same picture twice?[edit]

Why do we have to have the same picture twice, once on the sidebar and than on the picture? It just looks silly. And the size of it is way to small, same size as on the sidebar, which is really small. I tried to remove the sidebar at least, but now it is back. Why not an another picture at least? Hafspajen (talk) 13:20, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, that is better now. Hafspajen (talk) 13:29, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
Not at all. Here I haven't been able to find a different and better image. --Mauro Lanari (talk) 13:54, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
Well, maybe not, I agree. Hafspajen (talk) 15:11, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
I've changed the picture. As for the "See also"-section, duplicates may be removed of course. Greetings, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 19:43, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
Now that was really nice! I mean the picture, but even nice of you. Twice nice... :) Hafspajen (talk) 20:10, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Face-smile.svg Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 20:11, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
Face-smile.svgHafspajen (talk) 20:34, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Picture size[edit]

There is some rule somewhere on picture size (I think Ywore reminded me on that one), but I've forgotten where... Anyway, according to [1] picture sizes may be accomondated. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 11:10, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Do you wish to accomondate something? Or you are telling me that is OK to do so? Hafspajen (talk) 11:30, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
Eh... good question. Both, actually. I was corrected several times for adjusting pictures; but according to this help-article it seems to be acceptable. Greetings, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 15:26, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
Sure it is. That is why the tool exist...Hafspajen (talk) 19:42, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

You should use thumb and leave the sizing alone.

"Normally a thumbnail has a width of 220 pixels (px). This width is used by typical readers, who have not logged in or who have not changed their preferences. You can set a different default width for yourself in My preferences under "Appearance:Files". The options are 120px, 150px, 180px, 200px, 220px, 250px, and 300px. Any image narrower than the preferred width is displayed at the narrower width. Images beside the text should generally use a caption and the "thumb" (thumbnail) option; the default results in a display 220 pixels wide (170 pixels if the "upright" option is used), except for those logged-in users who have set a different default in their user preferences. In general, do not define the size of an image unless there is a good reason to do so: some users have small screens or need to configure their systems to display large text; "forced" large thumbnails can leave little width for text, making reading difficult. In addition, forcing a "larger" image size at say 260px will actually make it smaller for those with a larger size set as preference."-[2]

Editor2020 (talk) 01:56, 13 May 2013 (UTC)


Hi, you made some very nice additions to the article. Thanks for your suggestion, but there is a good reason to do so. The reason is that these pictures are now the same size of the sidebar. Also these pictures are quite big in real life and the thumb size is not quite enough to give a god image, for example Stigmatization of St Francis, by Giotto, is covering a whole wall in reality. Same reason why Sabbatai Zevi uses 350px in the lead. We already agreed that we will keep the size of the pictures like they are, hope that it is not to big problem for you. It is not forbidden to do so. Logged in users can choose from widths between 120px and 300px, . I think that covers it. Are you interested in mysticism? Hafspajen (talk) 13:54, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
The size of the images is a minor detail and I won't be upset about it one way or the other. Editor2020 (talk) 21:31, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
That is lovely, because you really do a good work on Wiki. Hafspajen (talk) 16:16, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Iconography Examples are limited to post-Schism[edit]

Is there a reason that all of the icons and art are post-Schism? Are there issues with with using early icons of the Church or post-Schism Orthodox icons? Mecurl (talk) 18:44, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Eastern Orthodox mysticism and Hesychasm[edit]

Eastern Orthodox mysticism and Hesychasm are suspiciously missing here. Western bias? Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:49, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

Proposal for new WikiProject[edit]

At Wikipedia: WikiProject Council, I have made a proposal for a new WikiProject - WikiProject Mysticism. Please let me know whether any one reading this article would be interested in joining such a WikiProject. Vorbee (talk) 18:01, 27 April 2020 (UTC)