The Doctrine of Spiritual Perfection

The Doctrine of Spiritual Perfection

by Anselm Stolz


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First published in 1938, this book made a significant contribution to the scholarship on mysticism by approaching the problems of mysticism from the theological angle adopted by the church fathers and medieval scholastics. Seeking to strike a balance with the psychological method, Stolz began his study with an examination not of John of the Cross or Teresa of Avila, but of St. Paul's account of his rapture. Stolz's analysis clarified the theological foundation of mysticism and its development in the ecclesiastical tradition, with his assertion that "mysticism is built on the sacramental and therefore the liturgical life, and is thus bound up intrinsically with Christian life, of which it is the conscious intensification and perfection."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625643469
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anselm Stolz (1900-1942) was a German Benedictine who taught at the Anselmo in Rome.

Table of Contents

I.The Task1
II.The Paradise of God17
III.In Christ37
IV.The Dominion of the Devil54
V.The Mystic in the Church72
VI.Adam and Mysticism87
VII.The Ladder to paradise107
VIII.The Unutterable Words133
IX.Mystical Experience163
X.The Plenitude of the Spirit181
XI.The Graces of the Cross198
XII.The Kingdom of the Father216

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I've heard that the Pope is fan of Anselm Stolz. Now there's a recommendation!