In opposition to theologians as otherwise dissimilar as Albert Ritschl and Karl Barth, who hold that there is nothing specifically Christian about mysticism, and that it is fundamentally opposed to the Gospel, Louis Bouyer contends in this study that ''the mystery of Christ, irreducible to any other, is the only true object of the only mysticism rightly so called: Christian mysticism.'' Through a detailed comparative study of the use of the word ''mystery'' in the mystery religions, Greek philosophical texts, the Bible, the Fathers, and the Western mystical tradition up to our own age, Bouyer shows that there is a unique content to the Christian use of the term, a distinctively Christian mysticism, and that the heart of this experience is fundamentally related to the suffering of Christ for our salvation.
An Eighth Day View:
This is a comprehensive study which examines mysticism from its pagan origins to Paul and the Church Fathers, as it was understood in medieval times, as well as by Jewish and Buddhist initiates. The book is a sweeping exegesis of historic and foundational literature and myth, which Bouyer interprets in the light of Christian history and theology.