Fortress Press

The Experience of God: Icons of the Mystery

The Experience of God

Icons of the Mystery

Raimon Panikkar (Author), Joseph A. Cuneen (Translator)


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In this beautiful meditation, Panikkar charts the paradoxes and possibilities of our experience of God.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, from the Bible and Western mystics to the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita, he probes human language and silence, adoration and alienation, to find the root of all our experience in God and its special character in Christian encounter with Jesus.

He concludes with reflections on the many places — such as love, joy, suffering, pardon, nature, silence, and even evil — where we meet God today.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800638252
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 144
  • Publication Date May 22, 2006


"In the context of Raimon Panikkar's massive life's work, this volume stands out as a theological meditation that is also a mystical hymn to the namelessness of God. The gift is Panikkar's ability to approach fundamental religious ideas with a new innocence, and to pierce beneath the façade of theological confusion, division, or laziness. There is an explosive force at work in his words ripping through the text, coloring it with hues and banging out harmonies that leave the reader wanting to probe more deeply and to understand more fully. The Experience of God: Icons of the Mystery is a seamless garment of praise for the religious dimension of life, for the trinitarian structure of reality, and, most of all, for silence."
— Beverly Lanzetta, Research Scholar, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona Founder, Schola Divina

Table of Contents


  1. Speaking of God
  2. Requires a prior interior silence
    Has its own style
    Involves our whole being
    Regards God alone
    Needs the mediation of a belief
    Regards symbol and not concept
    Includes several meanings
    Does not exhaust the divine
    Leads back to a new silence

  3. The experience of God
  4. The silence of life
    Constituents of the experience
    Faith, acts of faith, and belief
    The triple horizon of divinity
    Fragments on the experience of God
    Of initiation
    Passive attitude: yin

  5. Christian experience of God
  6. Three visions of God and world
    Conceiving the divine
    Distinguishing Christ and Jesus
    Identification and identity
    Three texts
    Jesus of Nazareth

  7. Privileged places of the experience of God
  8. Love
    The thou
    Crucial moments
    Propitious Places