Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition

1st Edition

Christopher C. H. Cook, Julienne McLean, Peter Tyler

Routledge
Published September 4, 2017
Reference - 128 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472480095 - CAT# Y258763
Series: Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism

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Summary

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 is given to the works of Baron von Hugel, Vladimir Lossky, Margery Kempe, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Merton, and Francisco de Osuna, as well as to a wide range of spiritual practices, including pilgrimage, spiritual direction, contemplative prayer and the quotidian spirituality of the New Monasticism. Christian mystical theology is shown to be a living tradition, which has vibrant and creative new expressions in contemporary spiritual practice. It is argued that mystical theology affirms something both ordinary and extraordinary which is fundamental to the Christian experience of prayer.

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