Recognize the promoting factors of mysticism.
29.3.1. A reaction to Scholasticism’s emphasis on logic
29.3.2. Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1309-1377)
188.8.131.52. Avignon Popes — King of France influenced the election of a French pope who movedthe center of the church from Rome to Avignon, France.
29.3.3. Great Schism (1378-1417)
o The church elected a pope who restored the church center to Rome.
- o Cardinals elected a rival pope in Avignon.
- o Two popes claiming authority, one in Rome, the other in Avignon.
29.3.4. Corruption and worldliness — mystics came into this spiritual vacuum.
29.3.5. Bubonic plagueo Within 30 years, half of Europe’s population died.
o People wondered, “Is this The End? Is this God’s judgment?”