The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism brings together a team of leading international scholars to explore the origins, evolution, and contemporary debates relating to Christian mystics, texts, and the movements they inspired.
- Provides a comprehensive and engaging account of Christian mysticism, from its origins right up to the present day
- Draws on the best of current scholarship by bringing together a collection of newly-commissioned readings by leading scholars
- Considers examples of mysticism in both Eastern and Western Christianity
- Offers a brilliant synthesis of the key figures and historical periods of mysticism; its core themes, such as heresy, gender, or aesthetics; and its theoretical considerations, including theological, literary, social scientific, and philosophical approaches
- Features chapters on current debates such as neuroscience and mystical experience, and inter-religious dialogue
Julia A. Lamm is Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for research at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. She is also the author of The Living God: Schleiermacher's Theological Appropriation of Spinoza (1996) and co-editor of a forthcoming volume on Schleiermacher, The Christmas Dialogue and Other Selections, for the Classics of Western Spirituality series. She has also published articles on Julian of Norwich.
"As this comment indicates, I am assuming that this volume is going to assume a key place in the literature on this vast subject." (Ecclesiastical History, 1 January 2014)
"Julia Lamm has assembled a valuable collection of forty articles by leading scholars in this treasury of studies of (mainly) Christian mysticism. A lengthy and expert introduction by Lamm leads to the first section: five articles on "Themes in Christian Mysticism." (The Catholic Historical Review, 1 January 2014)
"Together they open a rich world of creative, inspired writing to contemporary students and fellow scholars. Summing Up. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers." (Choice, 1 September 2013)
"The Wiley-Blackwell Companion remains a treasure-trove of scholarship that will delight anyone interested in the academic conversation around Christian mysticism." (Carl McColman, 24 May 2013)
"There is much to praise about this book, from its well-judged contents to the beautiful presentation and typeface. This is a must-have for any library, and for any student or disciple of the mystical tradition." (Church Times, 24 May 2013)
"The result is a compelling and engaging volume drawing on the best of recent cutting-edge scholarship, and providing insights into an ancient but important Christian tradition." (Eastern Christian Books, 17 December 2012)
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