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Title The Oxford handbook of mystical theology / edited by Edward Howells and Mark A. McIntosh
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BL625 O98 2020    AVAILABLE    30530001368414
Edition First edition
Descript xiv, 704 pages ; 26 cm
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Series Oxford handbooks
Oxford handbooks
Note Series statement from jacket
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology provides a guide to the mystical element of Christianity as a theological phenomenon. It differs not only from psychological and anthropological studies of mysticism, but from other theological studies, such as more practical or pastorally-oriented works that examine the patterns of spiritual progress and offer counsel for deeper understanding and spiritual development. It also differs from more explicitly historical studies tracing the theological and philosophical contexts and ideas of various key figures and schools, as well as from literary studies of the linguistic tropes and expressive forms in mystical texts. None of these perspectives is absent, but the method here is more deliberately theological, working from within the fundamental interests of Christian mystical writers to the articulation of those interests in distinctively theological forms, in order, finally, to permit a critical theological engagement with them for today. Divided into four parts, the first section introduces the approach to mystical theology and offers a historical overview. Part two attends to the concrete context of sources and practices of mystical theology. Part three moves to the fundamental conceptualities of mystical thought. The final section ends with the central contributions of mystical teaching to theology and metaphysics. Students and scholars with a variety of interests will find different pathways through the Handbook. -- Provided by publisher, page 2 of book jacket
Subject Mysticism -- Christianitiy
Negative theology -- Christianity
Alt Author Howells, Edward, editor, writer of introduction
McIntosh, Mark Allen, 1960- editor, writer of introduction
Alt Title Handbook of mystical theology
Mystical theology
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