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Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism


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This series facilitates new points of synergy and fresh theological engagements with Christian mystical traditions. Reflecting the plurality of theological approaches to Christian mystical theology, books in the series cover historical, literary, practical, and systematic perspectives as well as philosophical, psychological, and phenomenological methods.

Although the primary focus of the series is the Christian tradition, exploration of texts from other traditions also highlight the theological, psychological and philosophical questions that Christian mysticism brings to the fore.

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Spiritual Formation as the Hero’s Journey in John of Ruusbroec

Spiritual Formation as the Hero’s Journey in John of Ruusbroec

1st Edition

By Robert Pelfrey
April 08, 2022

This book examines the theology of spiritual formation developed by fourteenth-century Flemish mystic John of Ruusbroec, arguing that his formational path clearly and consistently displays the characteristics of the archetypal narrative structure of the hero’s journey. To start with, a ...

Mysticism and Materialism in the Wake of German Idealism

Mysticism and Materialism in the Wake of German Idealism

1st Edition

By W. Ezekiel Goggin, Sean Hannan
March 31, 2022

This book argues that the rediscovery of mystical theology in nineteenth-century Germany not only helped inspire idealism and romanticism, but also planted the seeds of their overcoming by way of critical materialism. Thanks in part to the Neoplatonic turn in the works of J. G. Fichte, as well as ...

Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice Renewing the Contemplative Tradition

Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition

1st Edition

Edited By Christopher C. H. Cook, Julienne McLean, Peter Tyler
December 12, 2019

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 ...

On Deification and Sacred Eloquence Richard Rolle and Julian of Norwich

On Deification and Sacred Eloquence: Richard Rolle and Julian of Norwich

1st Edition

By Louise Nelstrop
October 07, 2019

This book considers the place of deification in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Richard Rolle, two of the fourteenth-century English Mystics. It argues that, as a consequence of a belief in deification, both produce writing that is helpfully viewed as sacred eloquence. The book begins by ...

Semiotic Theory and Sacramentality in Hugh of Saint Victor

Semiotic Theory and Sacramentality in Hugh of Saint Victor

1st Edition

By Ruben Angelici
August 19, 2019

This book offers Hugh of Saint Victor’s early scholastic thoughts on sacrament in order to re-discover the pre-modern theological understanding of ontological signification. The Christian understanding of sacrament through the category of ‘signs’ results in a theology that inherently shares in the ...

The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought Being, Nothingness, Love

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

1st Edition

By George Pattison, Kate Kirkpatrick
November 29, 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

Edited By John Arblaster, Rob Faesen
August 14, 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

Edited By Louise Nelstrop, Helen Appleton
June 01, 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 Continental Philosophy Interchange in the Wake of God

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

1st Edition

Edited By David Lewin, Simon D. Podmore, Duane Williams
May 26, 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

Edited By John Arblaster, Rob Faesen
November 29, 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 ...

Christian Mysticism and Incarnational Theology Between Transcendence and Immanence

Christian Mysticism and Incarnational Theology: Between Transcendence and Immanence

1st Edition

Edited By Louise Nelstrop, Simon D. Podmore
November 21, 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 ...

Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism Opening to the Mystical

Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism: Opening to the Mystical

1st Edition

Edited By 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 ...

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