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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