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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism

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In the past two decades, interest in mysticism has grown hugely, both in the academic world and in the popular imagination. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism presents a comprehensive and engaging account of the origins and evolution of Christian mysticism right up to the current day, discussing the mystics, their texts, and the movements they inspired. 

The volume brings together a team of distinguished scholars who provide a rich synthesis of historical figures and texts, important themes in mysticism (for example, gender, scripture, and heresy), and theoretical perspectives (for example, neuroscience, literary criticism, and interreligious dialogue) in relation to Christian mysticism, problematizing and testing the categories of “mysticism” and “mystic.” The result is a compelling and engaging volume drawing on the best of recent cutting-edge scholarship, and providing insights into an ancient but important Christian tradition. 

Synopsis:

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism brings together a team of leading international scholars to explore the origins, evolution, and contemporary debates relating to Christian mystics, texts, and the movements they inspired.
  • Provides a comprehensive and engaging account of Christian mysticism, from its origins right up to the present day
  • Draws on the best of current scholarship by bringing together a collection of newly-commissioned readings by leading scholars
  • Considers examples of mysticism in both Eastern and Western Christianity
  • Offers a brilliant synthesis of the key figures and historical periods of mysticism; its core themes, such as heresy, gender, or aesthetics; and its theoretical considerations, including theological, literary, social scientific, and philosophical approaches
  • Features chapters on current debates such as neuroscience and mystical experience, and inter-religious dialogue

About the Author

Julia A. Lamm is Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for research at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. She is also the author of The Living God: Schleiermacher's Theological Appropriation of Spinoza (1996), and a forthcoming book, Schleiermacher's Plato: The Construction of A New Christian Platonism?

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors xi

Preface xix

1 A Guide to Christian Mysticism 1
Julia A. Lamm

Part I Themes in Christian Mysticism 25

2 The Song of Songs 27
Ann W. Astell and Catherine Rose Cavadini

3 Gender 41
Barbara Newman

4 Platonism 56
Willemien Otten

5 Aesthetics 74
Don E. Saliers

6 Heresy 89
J. Patrick Hornbeck II

Part II Early Christian Mysticism 103

7 Mysticism in the New Testament 105
Alan C. Mitchell

8 The Judaean–Jewish Contexts of Early Christian Mysticism 119
Ori Z Soltes

9 “Mysticism” in the Pre-Nicene Era? 133
Bogdan G. Bucur

10 Origen and His Followers 147
Augustine Casiday

11 Negative Theology from Gregory of Nyssa to Dionysius the Areopagite 161
Charles M. Stang

12 Syriac Mysticism 177
Brian E. Colless

13 Mysticism and Contemplation in Augustine’s Confessions 190
John Peter Kenney

14 Augustine’s Ecclesial Mysticism 202
J. Patout Burns

15 Benedictine Monasticism and Mysticism 216
Columba Stewart, O.S.B.

Part III Medieval Mystics and Mystical Traditions 235

16 Bernard of Clairvaux and the Cistercian Mystical Tradition 237
Brian Patrick McGuire

17 The Victorines 251
Boyd Taylor Coolman

18 The Mystery of Divine/Human Communion in the Byzantine Tradition 267
George E. Demacopoulos

19 Francis, Clare, and Bonaventure 282
Kevin L. Hughes

20 The Nuns of Helfta 297
Anna Harrison

21 Mysticism in the Spiritual Franciscan Tradition 311
Michael F. Cusato, O.F.M.

22 The Low Countries, the Beguines, and John Ruusbroec 329
Helen Rolfson, O.S.F.

23 Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, and Henry Suso 340
Charlotte C. Radler

24 The Late Fourteenth-Century English Mystics 357
Christiania Whitehead

25 Late Medieval Italian Women Mystics 373
Armando Maggi

26 Nicholas of Cusa and the Ends of Medieval Mysticism 388
Peter J. Casarella

Part IV Mysticism and Modernity 405

27 The Protestant Reformers on Mysticism 407
Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.

28 Spanish Mysticism and Religious Renewal: Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross 422
Edward Howells

29 Seventeenth-Century French Mysticism 437
Wendy M. Wright

30 The Making of “Mysticism” in the Anglo-American World: From Henry Coventry to William James 452
Leigh Eric Schmidt

31 “We Kiss Our Dearest Redeemer through Inward Prayer”: Mystical Traditions in Pietism 473
Ruth Albrecht

32 Nineteenth- to Twentieth-Century Russian Mysticism 489
Paul L. Gavrilyuk

33 Modern Catholic Theology and Mystical Tradition 501
Stephen M. Fields, S.J.

34 Mystics of the Twentieth Century 515
Mary Frohlich, R.S.C.J.

Part V Critical Perspectives on Mysticism 531

35 A Critical Theological Perspective 533
Philip Sheldrake

36 What the Saints Know: Quasi-Epistemological Reflections 550
James Wetzel

37 Mysticism and the Vernacular 562
Denis Renevey

38 The Social Scientific Study of Christian Mysticism 577
Ralph W. Hood, Jr. and Zhuo Chen

39 Neuroscience 592
Douglas E. Anderson

40 Christian Mysticism in Interreligious Perspective 610
Leo D. Lefebure

Index 626

Product Details

ISBN:
9781118232750
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Mysticism
Editor:
Lamm, Julia A.
Author:
Lamm, Julia A.
Subject:
Religion : Mysticism
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
p
Subject:
Christian mysticism, mystics, spirituality, Eastern Western Christianity, heresy, theology, monastic
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Religion
Publication Date:
20120829
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism brings together a team of leading international scholars to explore the origins, evolution, and contemporary debates relating to Christian mystics, texts, and the movements they inspired.
  • Provides a comprehensive and engaging account of Christian mysticism, from its origins right up to the present day
  • Draws on the best of current scholarship by bringing together a collection of newly-commissioned readings by leading scholars
  • Considers examples of mysticism in both Eastern and Western Christianity
  • Offers a brilliant synthesis of the key figures and historical periods of mysticism; its core themes, such as heresy, gender, or aesthetics; and its theoretical considerations, including theological, literary, social scientific, and philosophical approaches
  • Features chapters on current debates such as neuroscience and mystical experience, and inter-religious dialogue
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