The Silent Cry
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The Silent Cry   -     By: Dorothee Soelle
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This major work from one of the world's best known and most widely read theologians explores the religious imulse of mysticism, the "silent cry" at the heart of all the world's religions. Soelle believes that the longing for God has never been more important than in this age of materialism and fundamentalism. Soelle's work gives theological depth, clarity, and direction to this authentic impulse. Part one, "What is Mysticism?" explores mysticism in major religious traditions and especially intraditional Christian figures, such as Meister Eckhart. Part two, "Places of Mystical Experience," tracks the sites of mystical experience in chapter on nature, eroticism, suffering, community, and joy. Finally, Part three, "Mysticism is Resistance," argues for the importance of mysticism in countering the destructive aspects of ego, group bias, materialmism, and violence. Religion in the third millenium, Soelle argues, will either be mystical or it will be dead. Soelle's magnum opus, The Silent Cry joins deep religious knowledge and wisdom with passion for social justice in a work destined to be a classic of religious literature.

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Title: The Silent Cry
By: Dorothee Soelle
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
ISBN: 0800632664
ISBN-13: 9780800632663
Stock No: WW632664

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Exploring the religious impulse known as mysticism the "silent cry" at the heart of all the world's religions.Mysticism, in the sense of a "longing for God," has been present in all times, cultures, and religions. But Soelle believes it has never been more important than in this age of materialism and fundamentalism. The antiauthoritarian mystical element in each religion leads to community of free spirits and resistance to the death-dealing aspects of our contemporary culture. Religion in the third millennium, Soelle argues, either will be mystical or it will be dead.

Therefore, Soelle identifies strongly with the hunger of New Age searchers, but laments the religious fast food they devour. Today, a kind of "democratized mysticism" of those without much religious background flourishes. This mystical experience is not drawn so much of the tradition as out of contemporary experiences. In that sense, each of us is a mystic, and Soelle's work seeks to give theological depth, clarity, and direction.

This, her magnum opus, conjoins Soelle's deep religious knowledge and wisdom with her passion for social justice into a work destined to be a classic of religious literature.

Author Bio

Dorothee Soelle was Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, for thirteen years. Among her many influential writings are Great Couples of the Bible (2005; 0-8006-3831-X), Theology for Skeptics (1994; 0-8006-2788-1), and The Silent Cry (2001; 0- 8006-3266-4). She died in 2003.

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