The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys / Edition 2

The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys / Edition 2

by Andrew Louth
ISBN-10:
0199291403
ISBN-13:
9780199291403
Pub. Date:
03/08/2007
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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Overview

The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys / Edition 2

Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. Andrew Louth aims to redress the balance. Recognizing that the intellectual form of this tradition was decisively influenced by Platonic ideas of the soul's relationship to God, Louth begins with an examination of Plato and Platonism. The discussion of the Fathers which follows shows how the mystical tradition is at the heart of their thought and how the dogmatic tradition both molds and is the reflection of mystical insights and concerns. This new edition of a classic study of the diverse influences upon Christian spirituality includes a new Epilogue which brings the text completely up to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199291403
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2007
Edition description: REV
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 509,122
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Plato
2. Philo
3. Plotinus
4. Origen
5. Nicene Orthodoxy
6. The Monastic Contributions
7. Augustine
8. Denys the Areopagite
9. Patristic Mysticism and St John of the Cross
10. The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body
11. Epilogue

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