Literary Medieval Criticism

Christian Mysticism: An Introduction to Contemporary by Louise Nelstrop

By Louise Nelstrop

This booklet introduces scholars to Christian mysticism and glossy 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 in the course of the heart a while. at the present time Christian mysticism is more and more regarded as a major Christian historical past proper to contemporary non secular seekers.

The publication units out to supply scholars and different readers with entry to the most theoretical ways to Christian mysticism – together with these propounded through William James, Steven Katz, Bernard McGinn, Michael Sells, Denys Turner and Caroline Walker-Bynum. It additionally explores postmodern re-readings of Christian mysticism via authors corresponding to 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 sleek critics have understood every one of them, demonstrating that stark delineation among the several theoretical ways finally collapses less than the load of the advanced interplay among event and data that lies on the center of Christian mysticism. In doing so, the ebook offers a planned problem to a strictly perennialist interpreting of Christian mysticism.

Anyone even remotely acquainted with Christian mysticism will be aware of that renewed curiosity in Christian mystical writers has created an enormous array of scholarship with which scholars of mysticism have to familiarise themselves. This publication outlines many of the smooth theoretical ways in a fashion simply available to a reader with very little past wisdom of this region, and gives a philosophical/theological creation to Christian mystical writers past the patristic interval very important for the Latin Western Tradition.

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