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Mystical Theology: The Integrity of Spirituality and Theology / Edition 1
     

Mystical Theology: The Integrity of Spirituality and Theology / Edition 1

by Mark A. McIntosh
 

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ISBN-10: 1557869065

ISBN-13: 9781557869067

Pub. Date: 01/28/1991

Publisher: Wiley

Recent years have seen growing popular absorption with "spirituality" in all its forms. But as this study shows, it is largely separated from theology. Spirituality has grown more self-referential and is subverted by consumerist mentality, while theology has grown critically proficient but uneasy in speaking from or to the heart of Christian mysteries.

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Overview

Recent years have seen growing popular absorption with "spirituality" in all its forms. But as this study shows, it is largely separated from theology. Spirituality has grown more self-referential and is subverted by consumerist mentality, while theology has grown critically proficient but uneasy in speaking from or to the heart of Christian mysteries.

Through a study of exemplary writers such as Gregory of Nyssa, McIntosh recovers an understanding of the inner integrity of mystical consciousness and theological expression. The final chapters test the possibility of renewed conversation between spirituality and theology by drawing on spiritual traditions to re-think contemporary problems in Trinitarian thought, christology, and the understanding of the self. This book offers not only an analysis of spirituality and theology in the eras of their united activity, but also a hermeneutic for the theological appropriation of spirituality and a sustained argument for the renewal of mystical theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557869067
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Part I: Issues of History and Method.

1. Spirituality and Theology: The Questions at Issue.

2. Mystery and Doctrine: The Historical Integrity of Spirituality and Theology.

3. Recovering the Mystical Element of Theology: The Twentieth-Century Examples of Rahner and von Balthasar.

4. Theological Hermeneutics and Spiritual Texts.

Part II: Mystical Theology in Practice.

5. Trinitarian Self-Abandon and the Problem of Divine Suffering.

6. The Hiddenness of God and the Self-Understanding of Jesus.

7. Love for the Other and Discovery of the Self.

Index.

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