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Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism


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The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought: Being, Nothingness, Love

The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought: Being, Nothingness, Love

1st Edition

George Pattison, Kate Kirkpatrick
December 05, 2018

At the time when existentialism was a dominant intellectual and cultural force, a number of commentators observed that some of the language of existential philosophy, not least its interpretation of human existence in terms of nothingness, evoked the language of so-called mystical writers. This...

Mystical Doctrines of Deification: Case Studies in the Christian Tradition

Mystical Doctrines of Deification: Case Studies in the Christian Tradition

1st Edition

John Arblaster, Rob Faesen
August 31, 2018

The notion of the deification of the human person (theosis, theopoièsis, deificatio) was one of the most fundamental themes of Christian theology in its first centuries, especially in the Greek world. It is often assumed that this theme was exclusively developed in Eastern theology after the...

Art and Mysticism: Interfaces in the Medieval and Modern Periods

Art and Mysticism: Interfaces in the Medieval and Modern Periods

1st Edition

Louise Nelstrop, Helen Appleton
June 14, 2018

From the visual and textual art of Anglo-Saxon England onwards, images held a surprising power in the Western Christian tradition. Not only did these artistic representations provide images through which to find God, they also held mystical potential, and likewise mystical writing, from the early...

Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition

Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition

1st Edition

Christopher C. H. Cook, Julienne McLean, Peter Tyler
September 04, 2017

In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice several leading scholars explore key themes within the Christian mystical tradition, contemporary and historical. The overall aim of the book is to demonstrate the relevance of mystical theology to contemporary spiritual practice. Attention...

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy: Interchange in the Wake of God

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy: Interchange in the Wake of God

1st Edition

David Lewin, Simon D. Podmore, Duane Williams
May 24, 2017

Exploration of the interface between mystical theology and continental philosophy is a defining feature of the current intellectual and even devotional climate. But to what extent and in what depth are these disciplines actually speaking to one another; or even speaking about the same phenomena?...

Mystical Anthropology: Authors from the Low Countries

Mystical Anthropology: Authors from the Low Countries

1st Edition

John Arblaster, Rob Faesen
November 14, 2016

The question of the ‘structure’ of the human person is central to many mystical authors in the Christian tradition. This book focuses on the specific anthropology of a series of key authors in the mystical tradition in the medieval and early modern Low Countries. Their view is fundamentally...

Mysticism in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France

Mysticism in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France

1st Edition

Louise Nelstrop, Bradley B. Onishi
March 18, 2016

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries secular French scholars started re-engaging with religious ideas, particularly mystical ones. Mysticism in the French Tradition introduces key philosophical undercurrents and trajectories in French thought that underpin and arise from this engagement,...

Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism: Opening to the Mystical

Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism: Opening to the Mystical

1st Edition

Louise Nelstrop, Simon D. Podmore
November 13, 2013

’Mystical theology’ has developed through a range of meanings, from the hidden dimensions of divine significance in the community’s interpretation of its scriptures to the much later ’science’ of the soul’s ascent into communion with God. The thinkers and questions addressed in this book draws us...

Christian Mysticism and Incarnational Theology: Between Transcendence and Immanence

Christian Mysticism and Incarnational Theology: Between Transcendence and Immanence

1st Edition

Louise Nelstrop, Simon D. Podmore
October 28, 2013

This book examines the relationship between transcendence and immanence within Christian mystical and apophatic writings. Original essays from a range of leading, established, and emerging scholars in the field focus on the roles of language, signs, and images, and consider how mystical theology...

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