Religion: Maddest of Good Men

"A SHORT, EASY AND COMPREHENSIVE METHOD OF PRAYER. Translated from the German. And published for a farther Promotion, Knowledge and Benefit of Inward Prayer, By a Lover of Internal Devotion."

When Antiquarian E. Gordon Alderfer saw these words on the title pages of two battered little books in the Pennsylvania Historical Society archives, his scholar's heart leaped up. Here was the long-neglected major work of one of the first mystics in America—Johannes Kelpius. Last week, titled A Method of Prayer (Harper; $1.50), Kelpius' little classic of devotion was made available to "seekers" of an...

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