Selected Spiritual Writings: Nicholas of Cusa

Selected Spiritual Writings: Nicholas of Cusa

by H. Lawrence Bond
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809136988

ISBN-13: 9780809136988

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Paulist Press

Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) is often called the outstanding intellectual figure of the fifteenth century as well as the principal gatekeeper between medieval and modern philosophy. This volume gives fresh attention to the theological and mystical dimensions of his thought. The introduction casts new and exciting light on the development of Cusa's theology of

Overview

Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) is often called the outstanding intellectual figure of the fifteenth century as well as the principal gatekeeper between medieval and modern philosophy. This volume gives fresh attention to the theological and mystical dimensions of his thought. The introduction casts new and exciting light on the development of Cusa's theology of spirituality. The book also provides for the first time in one volume an English translation of Cusa's basic mystical corpus: On Learned Ignorance; On the Hidden God; On Seeking God; On the Vision of God; and On the Summit of Contemplation. Another unique feature is the annotated glossary of key Cusan terms that accompanies the texts.

Cusa's writings reveal a remarkably imaginative and gifted theologian who anticipated contemporary questions of ecumenicity and pluralism, empowerment and reconciliation, and tolerance and individuality. These translations particularly communicate to us his experience of a very large God that jostles us out of our parochialism. For all his intellectual power, he never closes his thought into a system. He is a significator and a conjecturer. He keeps pointing beyond his own words and beyond even his prized formulae and labels, including "learned ignorance" and "coincidence of opposites." He persistently brings theology to the edge of incomprehensibility, beyond both positive and negative ways, beyond even paradox and the coincidence of opposites, to the realm of the Purely Absolute and Infinite, to the contemplation of Possibility Itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809136988
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Classics of Western Spirituality Series
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Prefacexiii
Abbreviationsxix
Introduction
I.Life and Times3
II.Importance13
III.The Coincidence of Opposites: On Learned Ignorance19
On Learned Ignorance and Cusa's Earliest Use of the Coincidence of Opposites21
Book 1God as Absolute Maximum23
Book 2The World as Contracted Maximum23
Book 3Christ as Absolute and Contracted Maximum24
Theological Application of Coincidence27
A Proper Consideration27
A Proper Application32
IV.The Spirituality of Ignorance: Dialogue On the Hidden God and On Seeking God36
Ignorance and the Knowledge of God in Dialogue on the Hidden God37
Ignorance and the Spirituality of Seeing in On Seeking God39
V.Mystical Theology and Coincidence: On the Vision of God43
Reappropriation of Coincidence in On the Vision of God44
Application of Coincidence to Mystical Theology48
The Evocative Function49
The Descriptive Function50
VI.Contemplation and Theology: On the Summit of Contemplation56
Sight as Gift61
Sight as Ascent63
Sight as Fulfillment67
A Note About Capitalization of Terms70
Notes to Introduction71
On Learned Ignorance85
Dialogue on the Hidden God207
On Seeking God215
On the Vision of God233
On the Summit of Contemplation291
Notes to Texts304
A Brief Glossary of Cusan Terms335
Select Bibliography341
Indexes357

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