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January 27, 2015 @ 16:33

Prayer and Thought: a look at the way Medieval Mystics used the Mind.
Led by Dr Santha Bhattacharji        
Saturday 7th February 10.00 -3.30, £12

Dr Bhattacharji will be speaking at the St Bede's Pastoral Centre in York on the following:

Until the foundation of the Schools and Universities in the 12th-13th centuries, the intellectual life of Europe had taken place chiefly in the monasteries, where the mind was used prayerfully and receptively, mostly in the study of Scripture and scriptural commentary.  When young monks started being sent away to Cathedral Schools, to study for a few years subjects such as Philosophy, Greek, Hebrew and Canon Law for which there might not be qualified teachers in their monasteries, the concept of purely academic study was born.  How did this more formalised, cerebral use of the mind sit with the more intuitive insights arising from prayer?  Starting from the anti-intellectualism of mystical writers such as Rolle and the Cloud-Author, we will examine some of the different ways in which medieval mystics used thought, linking this to current interest in the different ways of operation of the two sides of the brain.

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