On Mysticism, Part 11 (University of Redlands Course), 1973


This recording is the seventh lecture in our collection of ten that Howard Thurman gave at the University of Redlands in 1973 on the topic of mysticism. Thurman indicates that this lecture functions as a means to point the listener towards practical approaches to mysticism through lenses of psychology, philosophy, and religious experience. In this recording, Thurman explores the question "How must I relate to the natural order in which I must work out my life?" This question is met with the significance of the Temptation of Jesus in relation to Jesus' baptism. Thurman suggests that Jesus' transcendental experience in Baptism informs his steadfast commitment to not be led into temptation. The example of Jesus, for Thurman, illustrates the significance of the religious life, and the ways in which the religious life points one towards fullness, freedom, and responsibility.

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