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Mysterium Tremendum

Mysterium Tremendum

All great epochs of the history of Christianity are defined by new forms of the experience of God and of Christ. Rudolf Otto, a 20th-century German theologian, attempted to describe to some extent the basic ways of experiencing the transcendence of The Holy. He called these the experience of the numinous or the spiritual dimension, the utterly ineffable, The Holy, and the overwhelming.

Rudolph Otto explores the non-rational mystery behind religion and the religious experience [non-rational  should not be confused with irrational] Otto insists that he is using familiar words, like dread and majesty in a special sense; to emphasize this fact, he sometimes uses Latin or Greek words for key concepts. This fact is crucial to understanding Otto. Our feeling of the Numinous and responses to the Numinous are not ordinary, they are unique or sui generis

Numinous has three components, and it is the basic element in many religions:


  • The Fascinans – merciful and gracious. potent charm, attractiveness in spite of fear, terror,
  • The Mysterium Tremendum – mystery that repels , in which the dreadful, fearful, and overwhelming aspect of the numinous appears,
  • The Mysterium Fascinosum – mystery that attracts, by which humans are irresistibly drawn to the glory, beauty, adorable quality, and the blessing, redeeming, and salvation-bringing power of transcendence. Entirely different from anything we experience in ordinary life. It evokes a reaction of silence

All of these features are present in the concepts of God as explicated in the ever new experiences of the charismatic leaders,

reference: Rudolph Otto – The idea of the holy : an inquiry into the non-rational factor in the idea of the divine and its relation to the rational 1923

image:  Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa –  Antioch, Turkey

t-penned by iter-cursus
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