In correspondance to a collegue, I recently suggested that “…there are some very distinct differences between (1) Christians exploring mysticism for the first time and (2) mystics exploring Christianity for the first time. One of my criticisms of Emergent was that they largely failed to recognize this, believing themselves to be catering for both when in truth it was largely the former, not the latter.”
Furthermore, in relation to the first type I said, “In my experience, many people new to mysticism are usually deconstructing, not reconstructing, and unstable theologically. Fowler and others are behind my thinking here. Emergent instincts towards egalitarianism are not always sound in such contexts. As such I tend to side with neo-monastics and neo-anabaptists who argue for the reintroduction of the catechumenate, that is, for extended periods of initiation.”
I realize this goes against the grain of what some have been teaching. But I am wondering what you think.