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Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism

Opening to the Mystical, 1st Edition

Edited by Louise Nelstrop, Simon D. Podmore


242 pages

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’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 into the heart of a complicated, beautiful, and often tantalisingly unfinished conversation, continuing over centuries and often brushing allusively into parallel concerns in other religions. Raising fundamental matters of epistemology, representation, metaphysics, and divine reality, contributors approach the mystical from postmodern, feminist, sociological and historical perspectives through thinkers such as Meister Eckhart, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Ignatius of Loyola, William James, Evelyn Underhill, Ernst Troeltsch, Rudolf Otto, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Louis Chrétien. Medieval and early modern radical prophetic approaches are also explored. This book includes new essays by Sarah Apetrei, Tina Beattie, Raphel Cadenhead, Oliver Davies, Philip Endean, Brian FitzGerald, Ann Loades, George Pattison, Simon D. Podmore, Joel D.S. Rasmussen, and Johannes Zachhuber.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: remembering and forgetting the mystical in contemporary theological discourse, Louise Nelstrop; The return of mysticism: the eternal return of ’the same’?, George Pattison; On reading medieval mystics today, Oliver Davies; Mysticism as a category of inquiry in the philosophies of Ernst Troeltsch and William James, Joel D.S. Rasmussen; Mysticism as a social type of Christianity? Ernst Troeltsch’s interpretation in its historical and systematic context, Johannes Zachhuber; Ignatian spirituality: the mystical within the Church, Philip Endean; Mysterium horrendum: mystical theology and the negative numinous, Simon D. Podmore; Mysticism: 'the energetic love’ of a female adventurer, Ann Loades; The body between us: towards an incarnate mysticism, Tina Beattie; Spiritual maturation and gender in Gregory of Nyssa’s ’mystical theology’, Raphael Cadenhead; Prophecy and the contemplation of history; Peter John Olivi and Hugh of St Victor, Brian FitzGerald; Prophecy and mysticism in 17th-century Britain, Sarah Apetrei; Index.

About the Editors

Louise Nelstrop is a lecturer in Christian Spirituality and Director of Spirituality Programmes in Sarum College, Salisbury. Her research interests include the English Mystics, Theoretical and Philosophical approaches to Mysticism, Cistercian and Victorine Spirituality and the Emerging Church. Her recently publications include Christian Mysticism: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Approaches and Evaluating Fresh Expressions: Explorations in Emerging Church with Martin Percy (eds). Simon D. Podmore is a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Liverpool Hope University. His research interests explore the interfaces between theology, philosophy, psychotherapy and the arts. His recent publications include Kierkegaard and the Self before God: Anatomy of the Abyss (2011) and Struggling with God: Kierkegaard and the Temptation of Spiritual Trial (2013).

About the Series

Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Theology