Mystics: Presence and Aporia
January 1, 2003
Jointly edited by Michael Kessler and Christian Sheppard, this book explores the lives of mystics, past and present. Their attempts to describe and explain their unique experiences illustrate the challenges that emerge when people use language to relate inherently indescribable experiences to others. Contributors discuss the lives and theology of individuals such as Thomas Aquinas, Joan of Arc, Saint Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, and George Herbert.
Table of Contents
Michael Kessler and Christian Sheppard
Introduction: What Do We Mean By "Mystic"?
"Suddenly, Christ": The Place of Negative Theology in the Mystagogy of Dionysius Areapagites
Thomas Aquinas and Onto-theo-logy
Between Mysticisms: The Trial of Joan of Arc
Unitrinum Seu Triunum: Nicholas of Cusa's Trinitarian Mysticism
Unmasking the Angel of Light: The Problem of Deception in Martin Luther and Teresa of Avila
From Ritual to Poetry: Herbert's Mystical Eucharist
Regina M. Schwartz
Mysticism and Catastrophe in George Bataille's Atheological Summa
"The Experience of Nonexperience"
Locating the Mystical Subject
Thomas A. Carlson
Afterword: A Reflection on Mystics: Presence and Aporia