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Mystical theology : the science of love

Author: William Johnston
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, ©1995.
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From the earliest centuries there has existed a Christian theology of mysticism, defining the state which Bernard Lonergan called a "being in love with God." St. John of the Cross wrote such a theology for the sixteenth century, calling it "the science of love." Now, William Johnston, one of the great spiritual writers of our time, attempts to do the same for the twenty-first century. In Part One of Mystical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Johnston
ISBN: 0006277098 9780006277095
OCLC Number: 32467858
Description: 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: The Christian tradition --
1. Background (I) --
The New Testament --
Origen and the Song of Songs --
Theology of negation --
The desert fathers and monasticism --
Contemplation in the west --
Conclusion --
2. Background (II) --
Scriptural sources --
Hellenism --
'Mystery' in the New Testament --
'Mystery' and 'Mystical' in the church fathers --
The first mystical theology --
The first great dialogue --
3. Reason versus mysticism --
Towards systematization --
Bernard and Abelard --
Aquinas the mystic --
Thomistic metaphysics --
Knowledge through connaturality --
Knowledge through love --
Connaturality with Christ --
Mystical theology in decline --
4. Mysticism and love --
The primacy of love --
Bernard of Clairvaux --
Schools of spirituality --
The sacred and the secular --
The fourteenth-century mystics --
A new branch of theology --
Two kinds of knowledge : two kinds of prayer --
Theology of love --
Conclusion --
5. Eastern Christianity --
The great schism --
Hesychasm --
The Russian pilgrim --
Fire --
Light --
Controversy --
Theology of light --
Uncreated energies --
Mystical light in the west --
Two theologies --
6. Wisdom through love --
Towards the Spanish Carmelites --
Teresa as mystical theologian --
Teresa and incarnation --
Sanjuanist mystical theology --
The living flame of love --
Secret wisdom --
Mystical knowledge and the Bible --
Mystical theology today --
Part II: Dialogue --
7. Science and mystical theology --
Physics and mysticism --
Mystic of science --
Lonergan, science and God --
Transcendental method Being-in-love --
Science and love --
Conclusion --
8. Asceticism and Asia --
Ascetical practice --
Crisis --
The new search --
East Asia --
Faith and salvation --
Asia and the West --
Mission and inculturation --
Zen and Christian contemplation --
The new mysticism --
Theological significance --
9. Mysticism and vital energy --
Energy in the Christian tradition --
Shamanism --
Zen Master Hakuin --
Kundalini --
Fire of love --
Extraordinary energies --
Testing the spirits --
Conclusion --
10. Wisdom and emptiness --
Christian and Buddhist wisdom --
The heart Sutra --
The enlightenment --
The emptiness of Jesus --
Dialogue --
Sanjuanist emptiness --
Conclusion --
Part III: The mystical journey today --
11. Journey of faith --
Abraham the mystic --
Faith defined Revelation --
Faith and understanding --
Pure faith --
The great death --
Awakening --
Crisis of faith --
12. Via Purgativa --
The threefold path --
Conversion of heart --
The journey --
Sin and redemption --
Conciliar optimism --
The following of Christ --
Blessed are the poor --
Death and new life --
The goal --
The bride --
13. The dark night --
Social sin --
Psychological background --
Modern psychology --
Night of the senses --
Between the nights --
The second night --
Suffering of the night --
Fire of purification --
Purgatory --
Transformation of sexuality --
Birth of the child --
Conclusion --
14. Being-in-love --
Theology of love --
The prior love of God --
Fire of love --
Flame of love --
Wine of love --
Wound of love --
Spirit, matter, energy --
Being-in-love --
Incarnation --
Conclusion --
15. Bride and bridegroom --
Yin and Yang --
The Biblical tradition --
Person to person --
Man and woman --
Love and beauty --
Betrothal --
Spiritual marriage --
Mysticism and sexuality --
Community of love --
16. Union --
All things are one --
All things are not one --
Union with God --
Union with Christ --
Ecclesial dimension --
The wider community --
Communal mystical experience --
Contemplative friendship --
Ascent to love --
World community --
Conclusion --
17. Wisdom --
The search for wisdom --
Love and wisdom --
The gift of divine wisdom --
Mystical wisdom : scientific knowledge --
Lonergan's method --
Wisdom and the world --
Prophecy --
The inner voice --
Further into the mystery --
The awaking --
The vision of God --
18. Action --
The modern predicament --
Contemplative action --
Decisionmaking --
Mystic in action --
Discerning the spirit --
Great decisions --
Discernment about poverty --
Awakening --
Vision of love --
Teacher of player --
19. Mysticism of social action --
Social consciousness --
The role of mystical theology --
Scriptural background --
The roots of the problem --
The power of being --
The power of nonviolence --
Purification of anger --
Mystic of peace --
Conclusion --
Appendix : the heart Sutra.
Responsibility: William Johnston.

Abstract:

From the earliest centuries there has existed a Christian theology of mysticism, defining the state which Bernard Lonergan called a "being in love with God." St. John of the Cross wrote such a theology for the sixteenth century, calling it "the science of love." Now, William Johnston, one of the great spiritual writers of our time, attempts to do the same for the twenty-first century. In Part One of Mystical Theology Johnston surveys Christian mysticism through the centuries. Johnson shows that such a theology today must dialogue with modern science and with Eastern religions. Part Two provides this dialogue, where Johnston engages Einstein's theories as well as Zen Buddhism. In Part Three, it becomes clear how the "science of love" is no longer an esoteric discipline for monks and nuns. In Johnston's writing it becomes accessible to all modern people grappling with problems of our age.

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