Mysticism and Contemporary Life
Mysticism and Contemporary Life

Mysticism and Contemporary Life

Essays in Honor of Bernard McGinn


350 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover

Hardcover, $59.95 (CA $80.95) (US $59.95)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9780824550288

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: September 2019
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Bernard McGinn is one of the greatest living historians and interpreters of Christian mysticism. His career spans more than 50 years and he has authored innumerable books, articles and edited volumes on all dimensions of Christian mysticism. These essays by some of the most significant names in the contemporary field of spirituality seek to honor Prof. McGinn by examining the role of mysticism in contemporary life. These fifteen essays examine the fruit of McGinn’s life work to contemplate the ways in which the history of mysticism is relevant to many dimensions of contemporary life. They also address the future of the study of Christian spirituality in general and mysticism in particular by evaluation the place of religious experience and spiritual practice in lives of an increasingly diverse, multi-cultural and global cultural reality. Taken together these essays paint a picture of the current state of studies in mysticism and spirituality and point to some future trajectories that scholarly research and religious practice should pursue.

Author Biography

J. August Higgins is a Doctoral Candidate in Christian Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. His proposed dissertation is entitled “The Crisis of Conversion: Reimagining Religious Experience for a Postmodern Evangelical Spirituality.” His research interests include contemporary evangelical spirituality, and the North American philosophical tradition, particularly Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Josiah Royce. He is active in both academic and ecclesial settings, as he serves as the Managing Editor of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, the scholarly journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality; and is an ordained Baptist minister, currently on staff at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. He and his wife Jessie live in San Antonio where they are both involved in addressing social needs in the community. Father John Markey, OP, is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the PhD program in Contemporary Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984, then earned an M.A. in Theology there two years later. He entered the Dominican Order in 1987 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He received his M.Div from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in 1991 and his PhD in Philosophy and Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 1997. He has written five books including, Creating Communion: The Theology of the Constitutions of the Church (2003), Moses in Pharaoh’s House: A Liberation Spirituality for North America (2014) and recently, a series of books through Anselm Academic Press subtitled: Catholic Perspectives through the Ages. Who Is God? And Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.