Denys Turner is the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale University, a position which he has held since 2005. I gave up once, because it deals with the question of knowledge, experience and the self, I was interested enough to give it another shot, but again I just couldn't follow. This argues that the distinctiveness and contemporary relevance of mediaeval mysticism lie precisely in its rejection of 'mystical experience', and locate the mystical firmly within the grasp of the ordinary and everyday. It is difficult to imagine a better example of secondary literature. A closely argued book about what the negative tradition in Western theology involves.
Turner has three children: , John and Brendan. Getting at the infinite depth of human potential is the greatest need for Christian thought today. From this perspective, his sections on Denys the Areopagite chap. Turner often discusses affirmation, negation and the negation of negation in these discussions. But this operates on the assumption that these earlier authors employed modern paradigms. Nevertheless, the fact that Turner's thesis is overstated and at times polemically inaccurate does not mean that The Darkness of God makes no serious contribution to the study of mysticism, especially in its detailed and often penetrating analyses of key repre- sentatives of the Neoplatonic forms of Christian apophaticism. I gave up once, because it deals with the question of knowledge, experience and the self, I was interested enough to give it another shot, but again I just couldn't follow.
Normal delivery time is 5-12 days. Within United Kingdom About this Item: Cambridge University Press 1998-11-05, 1998. For the medieval mystical tradition, the Christian soul meets God in a 'cloud of unknowing', a divine darkness of ignorance. His sources are not the typical authors for Christian mysticism, which begs the question of how general their perspectives correspond to their peers. Mysticisms of the modern period, however, place mystical experience at the centre, and modern readers are inclined to mis-understand the medieval tradition in experientialist ter For the medieval mystical traditions, the Christian soul meets God in a cloud of unknowing, a divine darkness of ignorance. Turner works delicately to counter these trends, which are, essentially, failures to think outside the box. Metaphors of 'interiority', 'ascent', 'light and darkness', 'oneness with God' p.
There was, to be sure, a shift in Christian mysticism toward greater stress on the description of states of consciousness beginning in the twelfth century, a tendency that in some figures seems to obscure and perhaps even obliterate the essential claim of Christian mysticism that God lies beyond both positive and negative states of consciousness. Cataphatic and the apophatic in Denys the Areopagite; 3. Dimension: 228 x 150 x 11. Turner interprets and connects the most prominent Medieval mystical writers, including Denys the Areopagite, Augustine, Eckhart, the Cloud of Unknowing author, Denys the Carthusian and John of the Cross. It is a dangerous journey, and there have been many casualities.
It shows that modern Christians are primarily reading those ancient and medieval authors that make sense to the modern mind. Certainly there are some analogical claims in Barth's early work. It shows that modern Christians are primarily reading those ancient and medieval author Turner uses two principle threads of western Christian thinking, the ascent and the inward gaze, to weave a narrative of mysticism that is lost to the contemporary Christian. A closely argued book about what the negative tradition in Western theology involves. Its insights make a real contribution to recent investigation of the significance of dialectical apophaticism in Christian mysticism.
Mysticisms of the modern period, however, place mystical experience at the centre, and modern readers are inclined to mis-understand the medieval tradition in experientialist terms. Metaphors of 'interiority', 'ascent', 'light and darkness', 'oneness with God' p. Num Pages: 292 pages, bibliography, index. The Darkness If history of a handful audacious enough to imagine a two-volume of metaphors'. He tackles the works and theologies I absolutely loved this book. Among these are John Peter Kenney's Mystical Monotheism: A Study in An- cient Platonic Theology Providence, R.
Turner is often illuminating on the way in which dialectical Neoplatonic mysti- cism undercuts naive views of the nature of human ex~erience in relation to God. He man- ages to make the Church Dogmatics look more exciting only by making the Romans commentary look less radical and less fascinating the second volume of this proj- ect promises to examine the Dogmatics more closely. Too many theologians who write about Barth do not even try to capture or reflect his powerful prose. His sources are not the typical authors for Christian mysticism, which begs the question of how general their perspectives correspond to their peers. Oddly enough, I still came away richer, though, as regards my spirituality, discursively emptier.
The Darkness of God: Negativity in Christian Mysticism. If we follow Meister Eckhart in refusing to make a real distinction between the experiential and the speculative orders as Turner recognizes on pp. Eckhart: detachment and the critique of desire; 8. John of the Cross and The Cloud of Unknowing An aesthetically beautiful and intellectually challenging book on negativity in Christian mysticism. In a dense work like Romans, however, the question is, what is the ruling trope? The Darkness of God: Negativity in Christian Mysticism.
This meeting with God is beyond all knowing and beyond all experiencing. Authority and error in Paradiso Cantos 26-29 -- Marxism and negative theology. He has written numerous books and articles on these subjects, most recently Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God; Faith Seeking; The Darkness of God; and Eros and Allegory. John of the Cross for this discussion, and how St. A closely argued book about what the negative tradition in Western theology involves.