“You should know that God must and pour Himself into the moment He finds you ready.”
(German sermon 4, trans M. O’C. Walshe)

New Books 2012

Vinzent, Markus The Art of Detachment Peeters, Leuven 2011

Detachment is widely recognized as one of the key concerns of Eckhart in his anthropology. This monograph by the editor of the new series Eckhart Texts and Studies, introduces this concept from Eckhart’s teaching on divine essence, the principle and the transcendentals, to then re-interpret his anthropology bycontrasting it with Augustine’s Neo-Platonic model of progressing spiritualstages. A close reading of his famous vernacular homilies 2 and 86 and On detachment will exemplify how his new philosophical theology translates Luke 10:38-42.

Dobie, Robert J Logos & Revelation: Ibn ‘Arabi, Meister Eckhart, and Mystical Hermeneutics The Catholic University of America Press, 2010, What is ‘mysticism’ and, most importantly, how do the great mystical writers understand it? Logos and Revelation seeks to answer this question by looking closely at the writings of two of the most prominent medieval mystical writers: the Muslim, Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240) and the Christian, Meister Eckhart (1260–1328). Through his careful examination of the writings of these men, Robert J. Dobie discovers that mystical reflection and experience are intrinsically and essentially tied to the ‘mystical’ or ‘hidden sense’ of the sacred text. Mystical reflection and experience are, therefore, at their roots interpretive or hermeneutical: the attempt by the mystical exegete to uncover through ‘imaginative reading’ or philosophical analysis the inner meaning of revelation. What emerges is a theology of the Word (logos, verbum, ratio, kalima) in which it is the task of the mystical exegete to appropriate inwardly the divine Word that speaks in and through both the sacred text and all creation. What the mystical writer discovers is an increasingly fitting harmony between the text of revelation, properly interpreted and understood, and the inner dynamic of the soul’s reaching out beyond itself toward the transcendent. In contrast to modern notions of the phenomenon, Dobie argues that mystical reading is not about cultivating extraordinary personal experiences. Nor does it take readers doctrinally outside of, or beyond, religious traditions. Rather, mystical reading and listening should take us deeper into the sacred text and sacred tradition. Most strikingly, strong analogies emerge between how Christians and Muslims appropriate inwardly this divine Word, which forms a real and solid basis for interfaith dialog founded on a mutual listening to the divine logos.

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