The Renewal of Mystical Theology
The Renewal of Mystical Theology

The Renewal of Mystical Theology

Essays in Memory of John N. Jones (1964-2012)


296 Pages, 6 x 9

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Hardcover, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: May 2017

ISBN 9780824522315


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The Renewal of Mystical Theology is a memorial volume of important, original essays honoring the life and work of the late John N. Jones. Jones was a major figure in the renewal of mystical theology in the contemporary world, partly through his own writings, but especially through his generous help and sagacious care in soliciting, editing, and producing a wide range of books on spirituality and mysticism. Jones was an academic, trained in the critical study of religion at Yale University, after which time he became one of the country's leading editors in the field of mysticism. Although he published important essays on Dionysius, Jones' real vocation as a nurturer of the revival of interest in mystical theology emerged during his years as editor. The volume will appeal to teachers and students involved in Christian mysticism, as well as clergy, intellectuals, and educated lay readers. College and university instructors, as well as seminarians, can use the essays as a valuable teaching tool.


"The staggering erudition of McGinn's latest volume is no surprise, nor is the lucidity of his expositions of the vernacular mysticisms that flourished in the Low Countries, Italy and England in the late middle ages. What dawns on you as you progress through McGinn's magisterial retrieval of fourteenth and fifteenth century developments in 'mystical theology' is how seriously Ruusbroec, Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich and a host of lesser figures have to be taken as theologians. Much more than a history of western Christian mysticism, this volume calls for and supplies a major revaluation of theology in the late medieval Christian church." —Dr. Denys Turner, professor of religion at Yale Divinity School on The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism

"McGinn's The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism is an astonishing achievement. No one will approach religious and mystical teaching in the late middle ages (1300-1550) quite the same way again. The broadest and richest account of Dutch mystical writers, a vision of Italian mystical writing that puts Catherine of Siena alongside Marsilio Ficino and Christian kabbalists, a fresh approach to famed English writers (Rolle, Julian, the Cloud author) fitting them into a larger religious world—all this in one volume, with serious attention to thought and theology, a close reading of texts, generous citation of vernacular originals, and weighty bibliographies. It is hard to imagine one person even attempting it, but McGinn has done it." —John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame on The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism

"Bernard McGinn has enriched the knowledge of our spiritual tradition as no other work in recent memory has done." —The Thomists, on The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism 

Author Biography

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor (emeritus) in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. A premiere scholar of Christian mysticism, he is the author of several influential and bestselling titles, including Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing and Doctors of the Church. He is currently completing Volume 6 of his magisterial Presence of God series.