The Future of Wisdom: Toward a Rebirth of Sapiential Christianity

The Future of Wisdom: Toward a Rebirth of Sapiential Christianity

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“Barnhart seeks and desires no less than a wholehearted rediscovery and reinvigoration of the mystical wisdom tradition that was once a powerful component of Christian spirituality.”—Library Journal

Much like Thomas Merton’s writings, this book recalls that a sapiential (wisdom) consciousness is central to the New Testament and remained the primary mode of theological understanding for more than twelve centuries. It proposes a new birth of this theology and understanding but with a new scope and new power for our time.

Bruno Barnhart was the spiritual director of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California. He authored several books including Second Simplicity: The Inner Shape of Christianity. He died in 2015.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939681829
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 589,373
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bruno Barnhart was an author, spiritual director and monk of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California. He is the author of several books including "The Good Wine: Reading John from the Center" and "Second Simplicity: The Inner Shape of Christianity." He died in 2015.

Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam, is an author and a monk of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California, where he currently serves as prior of the community. His most recent book is Spirit, Soul, Body: Toward an Integral Christian Spirituality.

Cynthia Bourgeault is the author of nine books including "The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three", "The Meaning of Mary Magdalene", and "The Wisdom Jesus."She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life. She is a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California.

Table of Contents


1. A Preliminary Overview
2. The Bias
3. The Taste
4. Thinking about Wisdom
5. The Christian Wisdom Tradition
6. The Eclipse of Wisdom in the West
7. The Time of Vatican II: Toward a Rebirth of Christian Wisdom
8. The Way of Wisdom
9. Four Historical Moments
10. Four Movements
11. Spirit and History

1. Wonder and Awakening
2. The Sapiential Event and Its Eclipse
3. The Sapiential Awakening of the Twentieth Century
4. Henri de Lubac: The Anatomy of Christian Wisdom
5. fean Leclercq: The Two Medieval Theologies
6. Cipriano Vagaggini: Between Two Wisdoms
7. The Quaternary Unfolding of the Christ-Mystery
8. The Revolution of |esus
9. Rationalization of the Mystery
10. Thomas Merton: Opening Christian Wisdom (I)
11. Karl Rahner: Opening Christian Wisdom (II)
12. The Paradox of Christian Wisdom: The Word of the Cross
13. Conclusion

1. The New East-West Relationship
2. Nonduality
3. Christian Nonduality I
4. Baptismal Initiation: Point of Contact with the East
and Pivot of Identity
5. Theological Corollaries of the Principle of Nondual
Baptismal Identity
6. (I) Breaking through the Container of Dualistic Christianity
7. (II) Unitive Interpretation of the Christ-mystery
8. (III) Unitive Interpretation of the New Testament
9. (IV) A New Theology Centered in the Explicit
Unitive Principle
10. (V) Unitive Anthropology
11. (VI) Fullness at the Beginning
12. (VII) The Trajectory of Life: From Baptism to Eucharist
13. (VIII) Contemplation as Conscious Experience
of Baptismal Identity
14. (IX) History Understood in the Light
of Unitive Self- realization

1. Modernity
2. The Vocation of the West
3. The Shape of Western History
4. Renaissance
5. The Modern Individual
6. Freedom
7. |esus' Revolution and the History of the West
8. Participation and History
9. Wisdom and the West
10. The Shadow and the Destiny of the West

l. Postmodernity
2. Interpretations of Globalization
3. Toward a Global Consciousness
4. Resistance to Incarnation
5. The Descent of History
6. Globd Christianity: The Southern Turn
7. Christian Nonduality Ift lncarnation
8. The Incarnation of Wisdom

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