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

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MYSTICAL THEOLOGY reveals that the growing popularity of spirituality in all its forms is largely separated from theology. Through a study of exemplary writers such as Gregory of Nyssa, MYSTICAL THEOLOGY uncovers an understanding of the inner integrity of mystical consciousness and the difference between knowledge through direct experience and theological expression.
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"McIntosh offers a fruitful avenue for overcoming the split between theology and spirituality that has emerged in contemporary Christianity. His mastery of the history of mystical theology is insightful and impressive. His hermeneutical strategy, developed both in its theoretical and practical dimensions, makes a major contribution to the recent study of mysticism." Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago

"Mystical Theology is one of the most sustained, systematic and impressive attempts at uniting spirituality and dogma, and demonstrating the necessity of this union, that I have encountered." Brian Horne, Kings College London

"The book is a sound exploration of the Christian mystical tradition. The strength of McIntosh's work is its attention to the postmodern question of the other, both human and divine. In short, McIntosh aptly shows that the mystical tradition, which has received comparatively little attention by modern theologians, can and must be an important source for postmodern thinkers. Those who are concerned to address the role of Christian theology in the postmodern age will find this book an important contribution." Timothy P. Muldoon, Mount Aloysius College, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"This is a clearly-written and well-crafted argument for the reintegration of spirituality and theology." Michael Downey, Spirituality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557869074
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/7/1998
  • Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. McIntosh is Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents


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.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Loyola loves McIntosh!

    As a student at Loyola University Chicago, I can say from direct experience that Mark McIntosh is an exemplary professor and writer. He is passionate about learning and teaching. He helped me get excited about the driest of texts, and gave sense to difficult concepts. His writing is like his teaching; he is your guide on a difficult journey, pointing out the path that you must take yourself.

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