In a metaphor that will likely entrench itself in future scholarly debate, Van Engen pits those who imagined the quest for personal assurance of salvation as "a hurdles race"--in which "a Christian could look back over all the bars already leapt and accumulate comfort in an ever-increasing sanctification"--against those, like Cotton, who imagined it as a "pole vault" in which semimystical
testimony would propel one once and for all over the bar (83).
Abernethy proposed a theory of human life based on a semimystical
concept of a universal, physiological life force.
An Autobiography's opening and closing passages position her text as a means of traversing space and time, of reaching out in a semimystical
way to those of us on the other end of the page.
Here the book's characters, both Pageant performers and members of the audience, gather and forget themselves in an orgy of attention to the semireligious, semimystical
An overwhelming sense of the pulsating aliveness of nature emerges in the varied images, as in chapter 2 in which the narrator bears silent witness to a crane dance to which he longs to belong so badly that he prostrates himself in the wet marsh, only to be terrifyingly reminded of his essential separateness from the deep semimystical
sense of oneness that is immortalized in the dance.
Inspired by Henri de Saint-Simon, after 1831 they fell under the spell of Prosper Enfantin (1796-1864) and came to resemble a semimystical
Emerson and the Transcendentalists had rejected this compromise, spurning deistic rationalism in favor of German idealism, and Christian morality in favor of a semimystical
Frank's ability to employ and channel his semimystical
powers is fatally undermined by his self-doubt and the disbelief of others.
It too has horrors similar to those in Vilniaus pokeris, and several major characters also seem to wield an incomprehensible semimystical
evil power, slithering their slimy tentacles all over other peoples' lives.
Even Bernhard's recent and much publicized course of cabalistic study is of a piece with a trajectory that began with her riffing on the semimystical
byways of our collective arcana.
Stephen Dedalus's epiphany turns on his semimystical
, eroticized vision of a girl standing in shallow water at a beach on Dublin Bay:
A New Age young woman with a plan to capitalize somehow on the mystical and semimystical
in this world, Katy brazenly saunters into Bland's neat little life with a song and a dance that he joltingly leaps out of character to buy into.