Web Site Shows Fundamentalism Isn`t The Only Christianity
Released on = May 28, 2007, 10:08 pm
Press Release Author = Brian Robertson
Industry = Non Profit
Press Release Summary = ChristianMystic.com, the Popular site visited by both a dramatic variety of Christians and Non-Christians, announces significant changes and expanded content and services.
Press Release Body = FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Austin, TX - May 29, 2007 -- ChristianMystics.com, a site frequented by visitors of all religious and spiritual backgrounds, has added a significant number of features and content over the past week.
According to Brian Robertson, site developer, \"We are excited about the new items. This is all done with one thing in mind: we are visited by a wide spectrum of those interested in the spiritual side of life. Within that, we want to feature both contemporary and traditional Christian mystics.\"
Indeed, ChristianMystics.com is linked to from a stunning variety of sites -- Episcopalian to Catholic, Unitarian to Baptist, liberal to conservative, and even those who have left the ranks of Christianity for other traditions or do not profess any religious connection at all.
New features include the launch of Podcasts on the site, designed as a series of lessons, interviews and reviews. These are hosted by Brian Robertson and draw on questions and comments from listeners. Brian Robertson\'s background as a professional storyteller as well as his years as a Talk Show Host on an ABC-News/Talk affiliate make him a natural to do the Podcasts.
ChristianMystics.com also has launched a small library of free eBooks which represent some of the best classic Christian titles available on the Net. These include \"The Imitation of Christ,\" \"Practice of the Presence of God,\" \"The Cloud of Unknowing,\" \"Dark Night of the Soul,\" \"The Interior Castle,\" \"Mysticism\" by Evelyn Underhill, \"Orthodox\" by G. K. Chesterton, \"Meister Eckhart\'s Sermons,\" and \"Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson.\"
In addition, ChristianMystics.com has announced it\'s own imprint for the publication of eBooks, the first being \"Christian Counsel and Spiritual Letters\" by Fenelon, the 18th Century champion of the mystic within the Church. Also slated for publication is a Revised Christian Mystic\'s New Testament due out in Fall of 2007.
Other changes on the site include an extensive section on Quaker mystics which has just been added, along with such long-requested features as a Prayer Request, a Prayer Altar, live chat for visitors to the site and much, much more. ChristianMystics.com is in the process right now of expanding its Links section to draw traffic and attention to some of the best of the Christian and Spirituality sites on the Internet.
\"We\'re here to concentrate on the spirituality OF Jesus,\" Robertson explains, \"not just on the religion ABOUT Jesus. Those are two very different things.\"
In addition, the Site\'s underlying purpose is to remind Christians that the tradition of the mystic in Christianity is nothing new. It dates back to the very spirit and foundation of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. As Robertson said in a recent Podcast, \"A Christian mystic is not a person who cares only for creeds and dogmas, but, instead, wants to base his or her religion on personal experience of God\'s Presence.\"
QUOTES: The content is well-written and plentiful, with mountains of articles and essays on elements of mysticism as well as insights into the lives of traditional Christian mystics of the past. Names that pop up as authors and subjects include St. Francis, Brother Lawrence, St. John of the Cross, C.S. Lewis and even St. Paul. Everything you want to know is covered: from the historical context of mystic practices to the theory behind them and including practical exercises to try yourself. Whether you meditate regularly or only have a passing interest, the breadth of knowledge at this site makes it the perfect place to explore further. - JAMES CROOK