By Louise Nelstrop,Kevin Magill

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 in the course of the heart a while. this day Christian mysticism is more and more recognized as a massive Christian background suitable to brand new religious seekers. The e-book 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 by means of authors comparable to Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-François Lyotard. The booklet 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 techniques finally collapses lower than the load of the complicated interplay among event and information that lies on the middle of Christian mysticism. In doing so, the booklet provides a planned problem to a strictly perennialist examining of Christian mysticism. an individual even remotely accustomed to Christian mysticism will comprehend that renewed curiosity in Christian mystical writers has created an immense array of scholarship with which scholars of mysticism have to familiarise themselves. This e-book outlines a few of the smooth theoretical methods 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 vital for the Latin Western Tradition.

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