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Seeing God : the beatific vision in Christian tradition

Author: Hans Boersma
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, [2018] ©2018
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2017059820
(OCoLC)1010993478
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Boersma
ISBN: 9781467450416 1467450413
OCLC Number: 1150184311
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro --
Title Page --
Copyright --
Dedication --
Contents --
Foreword by Andrew Louth --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
Why Beatific Vision? --
History and Analogy --
Sacramental Ontology and the Beatific Vision --
Chapter Outline --
1. Plausibility and Vision: The Beatific Vision in Modernity --
Sacramental Teleology --
Seeking the Face of God: Anselm's Proslogion --
Dynamic Communion: Hans Urs von Balthasar --
No "Melting Union": Herman Bavinck --
Conclusion --
Part 1: Beatific Vision in Early Christian Thought 2. Philosophy and Vision: Plato, Plotinus, and the Christian Faith --
Theology, Philosophy, and the Beatific Vision --
Plato's Symposium: Diotima and the Sight of Beauty --
The Three Allegories of Plato's Republic: From the Cave to the Sun --
Gazing beyond the Rim: The Winged Soul in Plato's Phaedrus --
Plotinus on Virtue as the Way to Beauty --
Toward the Vision: Upward and Inward --
Another Kind of Vision --
Conclusion --
3. Progress and Vision: Gregory of Nyssa's Unending Search --
A Spiritual Quest --
Homilies on the Beatitudes: Obstacles to Purity The Life of Moses: Vision as Perpetual Desire --
Homilies on the Song of Songs: Seeing More and More of Christ --
Conclusion --
4. Anticipation and Vision: Augustine on Theophanies and Ecstasy --
Sign and Reality: Sacramental Entwining? --
The Backdrop of Omnipresence and Participation --
Trinitarian and Christological Controversies --
Creature Control and Sacramental Presence --
Moses's Desire for the Substance of God --
Contemplation in The Greatness of the Soul --
The Firstfruits of the Spirit --
Conclusion --
Part 2: Beatific Vision in Medieval Thought 5. Transfiguration and Vision: Thomas Aquinas and Gregory Palamas --
Transfiguration and Modernity --
The Glory of God in Christ --
The Glory of the Kingdom in Christ --
Christian Spirituality and Beatific Vision --
Conclusion --
6. Mystical Union and Vision: Symeon the New Theologian and John of the Cross --
Theologies of Light and Darkness --
Symeon's Visions of Light --
Vision as Union with Christ --
Ascending the Mount: John's Sketch and Poem --
Dark Nights of the Soul --
Imaginative Visions --
Conclusion --
7. Faculties and Vision: Bonaventure and Nicholas of Cusa Joining Knowledge and Love --
Bonaventure, The Soul's Journey into God --
Nicholas of Cusa, On the Vision of God --
Conclusion --
8. Speech and Vision: Dante's Transhumanizing Journey --
Legomena and Phenomena --
"To soar beyond the human cannot be described / in words" --
"For this reason Scripture condescends" --
"Who, filled with longing, / finds satisfaction in his hope" --
"Beatitude itself / is based upon the act of seeing" --
"Speech, which fails at such a vision" --
"I grew more bold and thus sustained my gaze" --
"Sending forth Its rays / It is the source of every good" --
Conclusion
Responsibility: Hans Boersma.

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