Analogies And Associated Feelings

In order to give an adequate account of this second aspect of the numinous, we were led to add to its original designation as ' mysterium tremendum ' that it at the same time exercises a supreme ' fascination And this its dual character, as at once an object of boundless awe and boundless wonder, quelling and yet entrancing the soul, constitutes the proper Iwsitive content of the ' mysterium ' as it manifests itself in conscious feeling. No attempt of ours to describe this harmony of contrasts...

The Mysterium Tremendum In Robertson And Watts

A profound expression of the 'Mysterium Tremendum ' may he found iti the sermon of F. W. Robertson on ' Jacob's Wrestling' (Ten Sermons), point 2, The revelation of mystery. ' It was revealed by aive. Very significantly are we told that the divine antagonist seemed, as it were, anxious to depart as the day was about to dawn and that Jacob held Ilim more convulsively fast, as if aware that the daylight was likely to rob him of his anticipated blessing in which there seems concealed a very deep...

The Numinous In The Old Testament

While the feelings of the non-rational and numinous constitute a vital factor in every form religion may take, they are pre-eminently in evidence in Semitic religion and most of all in the religion of the Bible. Here Mystery lives and moves in all its potency. It is present in the ideas of the daemonic and angelic world, which, as a ' wholly other ', surrounds, transcends, and permeates this world of ours it is potent in the Biblical eschatology and the ideal of a ' kingdom of God' contrasted...

The Holy As A Category Of Value

We have already met that strange and profound mental reaction to the numinous which we proposed to call ' creature-feeling ' or creature-consciousness, with its concomitant feelings of abasement and prostration and of the diminution of the self into nothingness bearing always in mind that these expressions do not hit with precision, but merely hint at what is really meant,1 inasmuch as this ' diminution of the self ', & c., is something very different from the littleness, weakness, or...

The Element Of Fascination

Ti e qualitative content of the numinous experience, to which ' the mysterious' stands as form, is in one of its aspects the element of daunting ' awefulness' and 'majesty', which has already b& en dealt with i'.i detail but it is clear that it has at the same time another aspect, in which it shows itself as something uniquely attractive and fascinating. These two qualities, the daunting and the fascinating, now combine iill a strange harmony of contrasts, and the resultant dual character of...

The Numinous In Luther

Is Catholicism the feeling of the numinous is to he found as a living factor of singular power. It is seen n Catholic forms of worship and sacramental symliolisin. in the less authentic forms assumed by legend and miracle, in the paradoxes an 1 mysteries of Cat holic dogma, in the Platonic and neo-Platonic strands woven into the fabric of its religious conWptions in the solemnity of churches and ceremonies, and especially in the intimate rapport of Catholic piety with Mysticism. For reasons...

Appendix Ii

THE NUMINOUS IN POETRY, HYMN, AND LITURGY From Bhagarad-Gitd, Chapter XI (Barnett's translation slightly In the Ithagnvad-Gita, Krishna, the embodiment of Vishnu Vishnu himself in human form instructs Aryuna in tho deepest mysteries of his religion. Aryuna then desires to behold God himself in his own form, and his petition is granted. And now in Chapter XI there follows a theophany of teiriiic grandeur, which seeks to give a feeling of the unapproachablo essence of the Divine before which the...

Rudolf Otto

This translation of Dr. 15u lt loIf Otto's Dan Heilvje has been made from the ninth German edition, but certain passages, mostly additions to the book in its first form, have been omitted with the concurrence of the author. The chief of these are certain of the appendixes, especially a long one upon ' Myth and Religion in Wumlt's Vulkerpsychologie', and some citations in the text from German and other hymns and liturgies which, besides defying adequate translation, appeared to be of less...

Myster1um Tremendum

We said above that- the nature of the numinous can only be suggested by means of the special way in which it is reflected in the mind in terms of feeling. ' Its nature is such that it grips or stirs the human mind with this and that determinate affective state.' We have now to attempt to give a further indication of these determinate states. We must once again endeavour, by adducing feelings akin to them for the purpose of analogy or contrast, and by the use of metaphor and symbolic...

Appendix I

CIIRYisOSTUM ON THE INCONCEIVABLE IN GOD ' But that is an impertinence to say tLat He who is beyond the apprehension of even the higher Powers can be comprehended by us earthworms, or compassed and comprised by tho weak forces of our understanding ' This protest of Chrysostom occurs at tho beginning of the third of his five discourses -n-tpl ana-mX -rrov De In 'otnj'reliensibUi , which were directed against the ' ai-o unot' who were perverting the Christian community of Antioch, and more...

Means Of Expression Of The Numinous

It may serve to make the essential nature of the numinous consciousness clearer if we call to mind the manner in which it expresses itself outwardly, and how it spreads and is transmitted from mind to mind. There is, of course, no ' transmission ' of it in the proper sense of the word it cannot he ' taught ', it must be ' awakened ' from the spirit. And this could not justly be asserted, as it often is, of religion as a whole and in general, for in religion there is very much that ccm be taught...