Secret of the Christian Way: A Contemplative Ascent Through the Writings of Jean Borella [NOOK Book]

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Gathering key writings from the French religious philosopher Jean Borella's works, this book moves the reader from the immediacy of the physical world to a world deep within ourselves. Throughout Borella's writings, there is a "resurrectional" power to his words, a way of seeing things that "makes all things new," that endows us with an ability to look anew on Christ and his Body the Church. Translator and editor G. John Champoux has used a selection from Saint Bonaventure's The Soul's Journey into God to preface...
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Overview

Gathering key writings from the French religious philosopher Jean Borella's works, this book moves the reader from the immediacy of the physical world to a world deep within ourselves. Throughout Borella's writings, there is a "resurrectional" power to his words, a way of seeing things that "makes all things new," that endows us with an ability to look anew on Christ and his Body the Church. Translator and editor G. John Champoux has used a selection from Saint Bonaventure's The Soul's Journey into God to preface each of Borella's writings and to show how these insights can take us from our ordinary surroundings into our innermost world.
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A noted French professor of Christian theology, Borella combines careful historical scholarship with traditionalist (largely Guenonian) metaphysics to produce a series of poetically charged meditations on the Christian mysteries, which together constitute a kind of 'esoteric systematic theology.' This is unlike any other work I know. There are, of course, many other systematic approaches to doctrine, other sensitive analyses of fundamental religious symbols, and other claims to uncovering the esoteric essence of the Christian tradition. But this book combines them all, in a way that is consistently fresh and yet always thoughtfully grounded.— James S. Cutsinger, author of Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon

"By showing that authentic gnosticism is an example of the esoteric current found in all religion, this book balances many superficial judgments about gnosticism. It is an exceptionally penetrating view of a fascinating and widely misunderstood subject."— Jacob Needleman, author of Time and the Soul and coeditor of Modern Esoteric Spirituality"
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This series of meditations on the Christian mysteries combines a systematic approach to doctrine with explorations of the esoteric essences of the Christian tradition. Champoux, who translated other of Borella's writings, prefaces each of Borella's (ancient and medieval philosophy, retired, U. of Nancy II) writings with a selection from St. Bonaventure's to encourage the reader to move from ordinary surroundings to intimate spirit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791491188
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 426 KB

Meet the Author

Jean Borella is a retired Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Nancy II. He is the author of many books, including most recently, Le sens du surnaturel, Symbolisme et réalité, and Ésotérisme guénonien et mystère chrétien.

G. John Champoux has also translated Jean Borella’s The Sense of the Supernatural.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Gnosis with a True Name 5
The First Stage: Contemplating God through His Vestiges in the Universe 29
1 Trinity and Creation 33
The Second Stage: Contemplating God in His Vestiges in the Sense World 41
2 The Inevitable "Failure" of Nicholas of Cusa 45
3 The Essence of the Symbol 55
The Third Stage: Contemplating God through His Image Stamped upon Our Natural Powers 71
4 The Constitution of Man According to the New Testament 75
The Fourth Stage: Contemplating God in His Image Reformed by the Gifts of Grace 89
5 Love and Gnosis in the Crucified Mediator 93
6 The Human Ternary and the Opening of the Heart in the Old Testament 103
The Fifth Stage: Contemplating the Divine Unity through Its Primary Name which Is Being 115
7 Love of Self and Love of God 119
The Sixth Stage: Contemplating the Most Blessed Trinity in Its Name which is Good 131
8 The Trinitarian Functions of the Hypostases 135
The Seventh Stage: The Sabbath of Rest and Ecstasy 149
9 The Essence and Forms of the "Body of Christ" 153
10 The "Body of Christ" and the Work of Salvation 163
11 The Metaphysics of the Eternal Exposition 173
Endnotes 181
Select Bibliography 205
Name and Theme Index 207
Scriptural Index 213
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