The Early Mystics

The Early Mystics (around 3rd century), were a loose collection of hermits, ascetics, nuns and monks who exercised a huge impact on the development of Christianity. Early monasticism remains a powerful resource for many, has a vital place in the Orthodox tradition, and has been revived in recent years through various neo-monastic  communities. 

These writings have an important place in the development of atheism as a theological resource, for the mystics are appealing to an understanding of God that arises through a rigorous set of negations.

What you'll read today is a selection of sayings from some of the most prominent early mystics.