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

Andrew Louth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. This book aims to redress the balance. ... More


Denys the Areopagite

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Denys represents the end of the development of Patristic mystical theology. Denys completes all the main lines of the mystical theology of the Fathers: the Origenist tradition has achieved its ... More


Patristic Mysticism and St. John of the Cross

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology

It has been seen in some of the Fathers the doctrine that as the soul approaches God, it is plunged into the Divine Darkness where God dwells. This appears to bear some similarity to the doctrine of ... More


The Monastic Contribution

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Monasticism — a life devoted above all to prayer — makes a special contribution to mystical theology in the patristic period. However, it is also in the monastic tradition itself that a pronounced ... More


Origen

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Origen was deeply indebted to Platonism. His theology is permeated by Platonic ways of thought. Origen’s real concern was with the interpretation of Scripture. This was the repository of all wisdom ... More


Nicene Orthodoxy

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Council of Nicaea, held in 325, marks a watershed in the history of Christian theology. The precise nature of the difference between the Orthodox and the Arians, between Alexander and Athanasius, ... More


A Theology Called Mystical: Jean Gerson and William James

S.J. William Harmless

in Mystics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter discusses two theorists of mysticism, Jean Gerson (1363–1429) and William James (1842–1910). Gerson, the great fifteenth-century churchman and theologian, provides a way to begin to ... More


Evagrius Ponticus: Mystical Theology

William, S.J. Harmless

in Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195162233
eISBN:
9780199835645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195162234.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Evagrius Ponticus was one of the great pioneers of Christian mystical theology. He spoke of prayer as “the ascent of the mind to God” and argued that “pure prayer” must be unceasing, imageless, and ... More


Women reading the Song of Songs in the Christian tradition

Bernard McGinn

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.00017
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter explores a neglected topic in the history of Christian reception of the Song of Songs — its interpretation for and by women. The reason for this lack of attention is not hard to find. ... More


Themes in Prayer and Mystical Theology

John Renard

in Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520255081
eISBN:
9780520948334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255081.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter explores personal prayer and the individual believer's relationship to God and also mentions mystical theology in Islam and Christianity. Traditions of personal prayer in both Christian ... More


Apophasis and Askêsis: Contemporary Philosophy and Mystical Theology

Ellsworth Jonathan

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion: Approaches from Continental Philosophy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823222063
eISBN:
9780823235605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823222063.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the concepts of apophasis and askesis in mystical theology and contemporary philosophy. It provides some explanation for the revival of interest in ... More


the Living Image: Infinitude, Unknowing, and Creative Capacity in Mystical Anthropology

in The Indiscrete Image: Infinitude and Creation of the Human

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226093154
eISBN:
9780226093178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226093178.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter engages theological traditions where God remains beyond concept or comprehension, at points even to himself, and where such incomprehensibility—mirrored in the human who is created in ... More


The Mystical Theology

PAUL ROREM and JOHN C. LAMOREAUX

in John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus: Annotating the Areopagite

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269700
eISBN:
9780191683756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269700.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter presents a selected translation of John of Scythopolis' Prologue to the Dionysian corpus by Dionysius the Areopagite concerning mystical theology. John provided a running commentary on ... More


Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

Luke Dysinger OSB

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780199273201
eISBN:
9780191602986
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199273200.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This book explores the writings of Evagrius Ponticus. It seeks a connection between the seemingly disparate aspects of Evagrius’ mystical theology by approaching the relationship between psalmody and ... More


Inwardness as Mystical Ascent

Gavin Flood

in The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199684564
eISBN:
9780191765933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684564.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

The High Middle Ages sees the rise of scholasticism and reflection on the nature of self and experience. The scholastic account of the person is well illustrated through mystical theology that ... More


Mystical Theology and the Traditionalist Hermeneutics of Maybudī’s Kashf al-Asrār

Annabel Keeler

in Sufism and Theology

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748626052
eISBN:
9780748653126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626052.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter addresses the hermeneutical puzzle that seems to present itself in a Persian commentary on the Qur'ān, the Kashf al-asrār wa-'uddat al-abrār (Unveiling of Mysteries and Provision of the ... More


What does doctrinal development mean?

Norman Russell

in Gregory Palamas and the Making of Palamism in the Modern Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780199644643
eISBN:
9780191772351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199644643.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter, the first to address ‘the larger questions’, discusses the philosophical and theological context in which Palamas worked. The East made a distinction between the ‘outer wisdom’ of the ... More


The Receptacle

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good: Metaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223503
eISBN:
9780823235117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223503.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the views of Jacques Derrida on the concept of chora. Derrida approaches chora from the perspective of apophatic theologies in which every attributive ... More


Dervishes

Mark Sedgwick

in Western Sufism: From the Abbasids to the New Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199977642
eISBN:
9780190622701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977642.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter covers the early modern West’s discovery of Sufism through the account of George of Hungary, a former Ottoman slave and Sufi, printed in 1480. It shows how Sufism was used in Western ... More


Back to the Sources

in All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226388700
eISBN:
9780226388724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226388724.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

There are only a few books in Christian culture that rival—in scope or impact—the fabulous career of the Greek works in theology attributed to St. Dionysius the Areopagite. These works, which have ... More


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