Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition - Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism (Hardback)Christopher C. H. Cook (editor), Julienne McLean (editor), Peter Tyler (editor)
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In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice several leading scholars explore key themes within the Christian mystical tradition, contemporary and historical. The overall aim of the book is to demonstrate the relevance of mystical theology to contemporary spiritual practice. Attention is given to the works of Baron von Hugel, Vladimir Lossky, Margery Kempe, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Merton, and Francisco de Osuna, as well as to a wide range of spiritual practices, including pilgrimage, spiritual direction, contemplative prayer and the quotidian spirituality of the New Monasticism. Christian mystical theology is shown to be a living tradition, which has vibrant and creative new expressions in contemporary spiritual practice. It is argued that mystical theology affirms something both ordinary and extraordinary which is fundamental to the Christian experience of prayer.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'Mystical theology has experienced a marked revival in recent decades, not least because, as the authors of Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice put it, mystical theology "seeks to engage and illuminate theology in such a way as to rescue it from only being a rational and intellectual exercise". Many of the important links between spiritual practice and mystical theology are incisively explored in the essays in this volume. The collection reminds us that fostering connections between theory and practice, especially the practice of prayer, is necessary for true cultivation of the spirit in our fractured world.'
Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, USA
"This illuminating and darkening collection of essays explores the deep yet relatively unfathomed ground between mystical theology and contemplative practice. ... This valuable, heartfelt, and deeply enlightening book belongs equally to the future of mystical theology and practice."
Simon D. Podmore, Liverpool Hope University, UK