By Louise Nelstrop
This ebook introduces scholars to Christian mysticism and smooth serious responses to it. Christianity has a wealthy culture of mystical theology that first emerged within the writings of the early church fathers, and flourished throughout the center a while. this present day Christian mysticism is more and more recognized as a massive Christian historical past appropriate to trendy non secular seekers.
The publication units out to supply scholars and different readers with entry to the most theoretical techniques to Christian mysticism – together with these propounded via William James, Steven Katz, Bernard McGinn, Michael Sells, Denys Turner and Caroline Walker-Bynum. It additionally explores postmodern re-readings of Christian mysticism through authors reminiscent of Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-François Lyotard. The publication first introduces scholars to the most issues that underpin Christian mysticism. It then displays on how glossy critics have understood every one of them, demonstrating that stark delineation among the various theoretical ways finally collapses below the burden of the advanced interplay among event and data that lies on the center of Christian mysticism. In doing so, the publication offers a planned problem to a strictly perennialist studying of Christian mysticism.
Anyone even remotely conversant in Christian mysticism will recognize that renewed curiosity in Christian mystical writers has created an enormous array of scholarship with which scholars of mysticism have to familiarise themselves. This ebook outlines many of the sleek theoretical techniques in a fashion simply obtainable to a reader with very little past wisdom of this sector, and gives a philosophical/theological advent to Christian mystical writers past the patristic interval very important for the Latin Western Tradition.
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