Mystical Theology: the delineation of its transformative dynamic from Origen to John of the Cross

In recent years there has been a renewal of interest in spiritual disciplines and practices which are seen to help with a person’s spiritual formation.  These ascetical exercises are made up of disciplines of abstinence and disciplines of engagement, and are intended to form one’s work of cooperation with the Holy Spirit’s work of transformation.[1]  …

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Distinct Grunt Work: Eckhart’s Mystical Anthropology, Apophatic Spirituality, and the Holy Spirit

Introduction After qualifying his use of language in his German works, I will explore Eckhart’s vernacular theology, primarily, and articulate the character of Eckhart’s mystical anthropology and apophatic spirituality.  The human soul, or more precisely a something in the soul, is presented as both indistinct and distinct from God.  These relate to the Neoplatonic theme …

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A Mystical Theology of the Holy Spirit in the Human Person

            Theological reflection is important in spirituality because we all have underlying assumptions of which we are not fully conscious, and yet we nevertheless live out from these assumptions in a way which forms our spirituality.  Thus theological reflection helps to bring these assumptions to conscious awareness, and they may be proven or adjusted to …

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Christian Kenosis

Introduction An accurate theology of Christian kenosis is perhaps the most important truth to understand in one’s journey toward an ever deepening union with God, and for loving service in the world.  It is the most fundamental ground for Christian spirituality.  Thus, this calling of a Christian is explored here.  First, the underpinning theologies of …

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Two Wills of Christ: The Christology of St. Maximus the Confessor in Opuscula 3 and 6

Introduction Maximus the Confessor made significant contributions to Dyothelite Christology amidst the animosity of imperial Monothelitism.  He maintained his convictions in the loss of his freedom, his writing hand, his tongue, and eventually his life.  Here, I explore two writings which refer to the prayer of Jesus at Gethsemane in which Maximus develops the understanding …

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