While scholasticism pushed the bounds of human knowledge for this time period, mysticism confined itself mostly to those who believed in Christ. Scholasticism brought humans closer to discovery than ever before, and many believed it was possible to understand everything. Aristotle was central to scholastic thinking, and believed that the cosmos was rationally ordered. Scholasticism focused primarily on extending knowledge by inference, and began to be seen in many early European universities.
Mysticism helped change society as it placed focus on religious beliefs, and sharing God’s love. The majority of mystical experiences occurred during the late middle ages, and involved Christ. While mysticism privileged women, men also had mystical experiences. Many of these mystics took to become champions of orthodoxy. One major example of this can be seen with Hildegard of Bingen who was famous for her books on the experiences and visions she encountered; which started when she was a child. Another example of a mystic is Julian of Norwich, the first woman author of a book written in