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The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism: 1350?1550 (The Presence of God)

Bernard McGinn

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ISBN 10: 0824543920 / ISBN 13: 9780824543921
Published by The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2016
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Title: The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism: 1350?...

Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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Over 25 years in the making, this magisterial volume uncovers the riches of one of the greatest periods of mystical wisdom in Christian history: the "vernacular" spirituality of the late medieval period in Europe. The compilation incorporates over a century of new research from around the globe, demonstrating how this period gave rise to many mystical writers who remain influential even today, including Julian of Norwich, Eckhart's follower Jan van Ruusbroec, and the inspirational doctor of the church and visionary, Catherine of Siena. With unmatched knowledge of the primary works and scholarship around the globe, this study illustrates the unique genius of each mystical teacher as well as how they build on one another's insights to pursue a life in God's presence. Specific types of mysticism covered include Trinitarian, late medieval Italian, renaissance, and the golden age of English mysticism.

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"What dawns on you as you progress through McGinn's magisterial retrieval of fourteenth and fifteenth century developments in "mystical theology" is how seriously Ruusbroec, Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich and a host of lesser figures have to be taken as theologians. Much more than a history of western Christian mysticism, this volume calls for and supplies a major revaluation of theology in the late medieval Christian church." Dr. Denys Turner, Professor of Religion at Yale Divinity School."

"McGinn's "Varieties" is an astonishing achievement. No one will approach religious and mystical teaching in the late middle ages (1300-1550) quite the same again. The broadest and richest account of Dutch mystical writers, a vision of Italian mystical writing that puts Catherine of Siena alongside Marsilio Ficino and Christian kabbalists, a fresh approach to famed English writers (Rolle, Julian, the Cloud author) fitting them into a larger religious world all this in one volume, with serious attention to thought and theology, a close reading of texts, generous citation of vernacular originals, and weighty bibliographies. It is hard to imagine one person even attempting it, but McGinn has done it." John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame"

"Bernard McGinn has enriched the knowledge of our spiritual tradition as no other work in recent memory has done." Thomist"

"McGinn's Varieties is an astonishing achievement. No one will approach religious and mystical teaching in the late middle ages (1300-1550) quite the same again. The broadest and richest account of Dutch mystical writers, a vision of Italian mystical writing that puts Catherine of Siena alongside Marsilio Ficino and Christian kabbalists, a fresh approach to famed English writers (Rolle, Julian, the Cloud author) fitting them into a larger religious world all this in one volume, with serious attention to thought and theology, a close reading of texts, generous citation of vernacular originals, and weighty bibliographies. It is hard to imagine one person even attempting it, but McGinn has done it." John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame"

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