Is it possible to see, hear, touch, smell and taste God? How do we understand the biblical promise that the 'pure in heart' will 'see God'? Christian thinkers as diverse as Origen of Alexandria, Bonaventure, Jonathan Edwards and Hans Urs von Balthasar have all approached these questions in distinctive ways by appealing to the concept of the 'spiritual senses'. In focusing on the Christian tradition of the 'spiritual senses', this book discusses how these senses relate to the physical senses and the body, and analyzes their relationship to mind, heart, emotions, will, desire and judgement. The contributors illuminate the different ways in which classic Christian authors have treated this topic, and indicate the epistemological and spiritual import of these understandings. The concept of the 'spiritual senses' is thereby importantly recovered for contemporary theological anthropology and philosophy of religion.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
'The editors of this collection of essays are well-known and respected theologians. ... It comes as no surprise that their introduction and respective input (one chapter each) to this volume are excellent. ... this is a collection of high-quality essays, in which arguments are clearly marshalled and well supported by texts.' Louis Roy, The Thomist