|Notes||Throughout history, individuals have sometimes experienced profound spiritual longings. Facing uncharted territory, they mapped new terrain in their search for intimacy with God. We call them Pioneers of the Spirit. Each biographical profile in this series weaves together excerpts from the personal writings of the individual, dramatic artwork, expert commentary, and a compelling narration focusing on the relevance of each pioneer to contemporary times. Today, with a renewed interest in spirituality, we can benefit enormously from these Pioneers of the Spirit who offer encouragement to every earnest seeker.
This program looks at William Blake. Blake always sensed there was something different about himself, and he was surely right! Visionary, mystic, engraver, printer, poet, artist, writer — his extraordinary creative skills flowed through many forms to give expression to the extraordinary inner world he inhabited. As a result he helped us to see with new eyes. His ability to tap the depths of Biblical imagery remains a gift to the ages including the materialistic culture that surrounds us today. This video provides a basic and valuable introduction to the man and his vision.
This series also covers:
Augustine of Hippo -- a brilliant 4th-century theologian and prolific writer.
Teresa of Avila -- one of the most colorful mystics of the Medieval period.
Julian of Norwich -- she received sixteen startling images of the crucified Christ that forever changed her life.
Hildegard of Bingen -- a German nun and abbess, she was also an intellectual, writer, composer, and artist.
Dante Aligheri -- a poet whose best known work is "The Divine Comedy."
Ignatius Loyola -- he founded the Society of Jesus, which eventually received papal approval and is still active in education and missions.