From Eckhart to Ruusbroec: A Critical Inheritance of Mystical Themes in the Fourteenth Century

From Eckhart to Ruusbroec: A Critical Inheritance of Mystical Themes in the Fourteenth Century

by Satoshi Kikuchi

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ISBN-13: 9789058679857
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Series: Mediaevalia Lovaniensia
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Satoshi Kikuchi is a free research associate of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Abbreviations 11

Introduction 15

Part 1 Eckhart and Ruusbroec Within the Historical Context 23

Chapter 1 Toward the Condemnation of Eckhart's Doctrines 25

1 An Overview of the Spiritual Milieu in the Later Middle Ages 25

Enthusiasm for the direct relationship between God and human 25

The increase of heretical mysticism 29

2 The Condemnation of Eckhart's Doctrines 37

A brief summary of the inquisitorial process 37

The content of Eckhart's condemned doctrines 41

Chapter 2 The Impact of the Condemnation of Eckhart's Doctrines in the Fourteenth Century Brabant 49

1 The Transmission of the News about the Condemnation of Eckhart's Doctrines 50

2 The Transmission of Eckhart's Writings 54

3 Jan van Leeuwen's Doctrinal Criticism of Eckhart 60

1 "Simple nakedness" beyond the practice of virtues 61

2 The renunciation of the divine Persons 63

3 Deification into the divine essence and the divine sonship 64

Chapter 3 Ruusbroec's Criticism of Mystical Heresies 71

1 Ruusbroec the Critic 71

2 Key Themes in Ruusbroec's Criticism of Mystical Heresies and Links to Eckhart's Condemned Doctrines 75

1 Heretical doctrines about the praxis of ecclesiastical life 76

2 Heretical doctrines about God and creation 86

3 Heretical doctrines about Christology and the mystical union with God 90

Summary of Part One and Connection to Part Two 99

Part 2 Mystical Themes in Eckhart's Theology 103

Chapter 4 Eckhart's Understanding of the Praxis of Ecclesiastical Life 105

1 Sin and Penitence 105

2 Interior Disposition toward God 110

To receive God Himself 111

Emptiness (ledicheit) and spiritual poverty 115

3 Exterior Works 122

Chapter 5 Eckhart's Understanding of God and Creation 129

1 Unity and Trinity 129

The circumincession of the divine Persons 136

The unity of the nature/essence and the unity of the Father 139

A teleological view of the Trinity 141

2 Relation between God and Creatures 145

Creatures as negation and distinction 146

Creatures as nothing 149

Chapter 6 Eckhart's Understanding of the Mystical Union 157

1 The Transfonnation of Essence 157

2 Union with God through Sonship 163

Conformity to Christ's sonship 163

The "birth of God" doctrine 168

God's self-knowing in the soul 173

3 Christ's Humanity 177

Human person and human nature 178

The significance of Christ's Incarnation 183

Summary of Part Two and Connection to Part Three 187

Part 3 The Critical Inheritance of Mystical Themes in Ruusbroec's Theology 191

Chapter 7 Ruusbroec's Understanding of the Praxis of Ecclesiastical Life 193

1 Sin and Penitence 193

2 The Holy Spirit's In-working and the Spiritual Poverty 196

3 Inactivity (ledicheit) in the Essence of God 202

1 Participation in the triune God 204

2 Likeness to Christ 207

3 Inactivity in the created essence and in God's essence 210

Chapter 8 Ruusbroec's Understanding of God and Creation 215

1 Unity and Trinity 215

1 Relation among the divine Persons 217

2 Relation between unity and trinity 224

2 Relation Between God and Creatures 232

Chapter 9 Ruusbroec's Understanding of the Mystical Union 241

1 The Essential Unity of the Spirit with God 241

2 Union with God in Love 246

3 Christology Pertaining to the Understanding of the Mystical Union 253

The "birth of God" doctrine 255

The unique sonship of Christ 258

The supremacy of Christ's humanity 262

Summary of Part Three 269

Conclusion 273

List of Textual Linkages to Eckhart in Ruusbroec's Writings 279

Die geestelike brulocht (The Spiritual Espousals) 279

Vanden XII beghinen (The Twelve Beguines) 280

Een spieghel der eeuwigher salicheit (A Mirror of Eternal Blessedness) 283

Bibliography 285

Index of names 299

Index of subjects 303

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