Contemplation and Classical Christianity

Contemplation and Classical Christianity
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 191
ISBN: 9780199563708
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Release: 2013-11
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This study explores Augustine's developing understanding of contemplation, beginning with his earliest accounts written before his baptism and ending with the Confessions. The arc of Augustine's thought through these years of transition leads into the Confessions, giving a vantage point to survey its classical Christian theology of contemplation.

On God The Soul Evil and the Rise of Christianity

On God  The Soul  Evil and the Rise of Christianity
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781501314018
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Release: 2018-12-27
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Reading Augustine is a new line of books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. The aim of the series is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as a pre-eminent Christian thinker but as a philosophical, spiritual, literary and intellectual icon of the West. Why did the ancients come to adopt monotheism and Christianity? On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity introduces possible answers to that question by looking closely at the development of the thought of Augustine of Hippo, whose complex spiritual trajectory included Gnosticism, academic skepticism, pagan Platonism, and orthodox Christianity. What was so compelling about Christianity and how did Augustine become convinced that his soul could enter into communion with a transcendent God? The apparently sudden shift of ancient culture to monotheism and Christianity was momentous, defining the subsequent nature of Western religion and thought. John Peter Kenney shows us that Augustine offers an unusually clear vantage point to understand the essential ideas that drove that transition.

Christian Platonism

Christian Platonism
Author: Alexander J B Hampton,John Peter Kenney
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1108590349
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Release: 2020-12
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Anyone wishing to understand the Christian tradition deeply must consider the central, formative role of Platonism. At various times Platonism has constituted an essential philosophical and theological resource, furnishing Christianity with a fundamental intellectual framework that has played a key role in its early development, and in subsequent periods of renewal. Alternately, at other times, it has been considered a compromising influence, conflicting with the faith's revelatory foundations and distorting its inherent message. In both the positive and negative cases, the central importance of Platonism, as a force which Christianity defined itself by and against, is clear. Equally, this process of influence is not unidirectional"--

Christian Platonism

Christian Platonism
Author: Alexander J. B. Hampton,John Peter Kenney
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781108676472
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Release: 2020-11-30
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Platonism has played a central role in Christianity and is essential to a deep understanding of the Christian theological tradition. At times, Platonism has constituted an essential philosophical and theological resource, furnishing Christianity with an intellectual framework that has played a key role in its early development, and in subsequent periods of renewal. Alternatively, it has been considered a compromising influence, conflicting with the faith's revelatory foundations and distorting its inherent message. In both cases the fundamental importance of Platonism, as a force which Christianity defined itself by and against, is clear. Written by an international team of scholars, this landmark volume examines the history of Christian Platonism from antiquity to the present day, covers key concepts, and engages issues such as the environment, natural science and materialism.

Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies

Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies
Author: Suzanne Newcombe,Karen O’Brien-Kop
Pages: 564
ISBN: 9781351050739
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Release: 2020-10-28
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary resource, which frames and contextualises the rapidly expanding fields that explore yoga and meditative techniques. The book analyses yoga and meditation studies in a variety of religious, historical and geographical settings. The chapters, authored by an international set of experts, are laid out across five sections: Introduction to yoga and meditation studies History of yoga and meditation in South Asia Doctrinal perspectives: technique and praxis Global and regional transmissions Disciplinary framings In addition to up-to-date explorations of the history of yoga and meditation in the Indian subcontinent, new contexts include a case study of yoga and meditation in the contemporary Tibetan diaspora, and unique summaries of historical developments in Japan and Latin America as well as an introduction to the growing academic study of yoga in Korea. Underpinned by critical and theoretical engagement, the volume provides an in-depth guide to the history of yoga and meditation studies and combines the best of established research with attention to emerging directions for future investigation. This handbook will be of interest to multidisciplinary academic audiences from across the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Embracing Contemplation

Embracing Contemplation
Author: John H. Coe,Kyle C. Strobel
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780830873685
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Release: 2019-02-26
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What does a Christian life lived "by the Spirit" look like? Bringing together Protestant scholars and practitioners of spiritual formation, this volume offers a distinctly evangelical consideration of the benefits of contemplation. Drawing on historical examples from the church—including John Calvin, Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley—this book considers how contemplative prayer can shape Christian living today.

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781134442720
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Release: 2005-09-19
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Augustine's vision at Ostia is one of the most influential accounts of mystical experience in the Western tradition, and a subject of persistent interest to Christians, philosophers and historians. This book explores Augustine's account of his experience as set down in the Confessions and considers his mysticism in relation to his classical Platonist philosophy. John Peter Kenney argues that while the Christian contemplative mysticism created by Augustine is in many ways founded on Platonic thought, Platonism ultimately fails Augustine in that it cannot retain the truths that it anticipates. The Confessions offer a response to this impasse by generating two critical ideas in medieval and modern religious thought: firstly, the conception of contemplation as a purely epistemic event, in contrast to classical Platonism; secondly, the tenet that salvation is absolutely distinct from enlightenment.

Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer
Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780307589538
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Release: 2009-11-17
Editor: Image
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences–from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change. Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today’s world. In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.

Augustine s Early Thought on the Redemptive Function of Divine Judgement

Augustine s Early Thought on the Redemptive Function of Divine Judgement
Author: Bart van Egmond
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780198834922
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Release: 2019-02-14
Editor: Oxford Early Christian Studies
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Augustine's Early Thought on the Redemptive Function of Divine Judgement considers the relationship between Augustine's account of God's judgement and his theology of grace in his early works. How does God use his law and the penal consequences of its transgression in the service of his grace, both personally and through his 'agents' on earth? Augustine reflected on this question from different perspectives. As a teacher and bishop, he thought about the nature of discipline and punishment in the education of his pupils, brothers, and congregants. As a polemicist against the Manichaeans and as a biblical expositor, he had to grapple with issues regarding God's relationship to evil in the world, the violence God displays in the Old Testament, and in the death of his own Son. Furthermore, Augustine meditated on the way God's judgment and grace related in his own life, both before and after his conversion. Bart van Egmond follows the development of Augustine's early thought on judgement and grace from the Cassiacum writings to the Confessions. The argument is contextualized both against the background of the earlier Christian tradition of reflection on the providential function of divine chastisement, and the tradition of psychagogy that Augustine inherited from a variety of rhetorical and philosophical sources. This study expertly contributes to the ongoing scholarly discussion on the development of Augustine's doctrine of grace, and to the conversation on the theological roots of his justification of coercion against the Donatists.

Judaism Christianity and Islam The Classical Texts and Their Interpretation Volume III

Judaism  Christianity  and Islam  The Classical Texts and Their Interpretation  Volume III
Author: F. E. Peters
Pages: 435
ISBN: 9780691187501
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Release: 2018-06-05
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Invoking a concept as simple as it is brilliant, F. E. Peters has taken the basic texts of the three related--and competitive--religious systems we call Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and has juxtaposed them in a topical and parallel arrangement according to the issues that most concerned all these "children of Abraham." Through these extensive passages, and the author's skillful connective commentary, the three traditions are shown with their similarities sometimes startlingly underlined and their well-known differences now more profoundly exposed. What emerges from this unique and ambitious work is a panorama of belief, practice, and sensibility that will broaden our understanding of our religious and political roots in a past that is, by these communities' definition, still the present. The hardcover edition of the work is bound in one volume, and in the paperback version the identical material is broken down into three smaller but self-contained books. The third, "The Works of the Spirit," focuses on spirituality and worship and contains material on monasticism, theology, mysticism, and the "End Time." Throughout the work we hear an amazing variety of voices, some familiar, some not, all of them central to the primary and secondary canons of their own tradition: alongside the Scriptural voice of God are the words of theologians, priests, visionaries, lawyers, rulers and the ruled. The work ends, as does the same author's now classic Children of Abraham, in what Peters calls the "classical period," that is, before the great movements of modernism and reform that were to transform Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Classical Christianity and the Political Order

Classical Christianity and the Political Order
Author: Father Ernest L. Fortin
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9780742573765
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Release: 1996-11-21
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Volume Two of Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, Fortin deals with the relationship between religion and civil society in a Christian context: that of an essentially nonpolitical but by no means entirely otherwordly religion, many of whose teachings were thought to be fundamentally at odds with the duties of citizenship. Sections focus upon Augustine and Aquinas, on Christianity and politics; natural law, natural rights, and social justice; and Leo Strauss and the revival of classical political philosophy. Fortin's treatment of these and related themes betrays a keen awareness of one of the significant intellectual events of our time: the recovery of political philosophy as a legitimate academic discipline.

Confucian Questions to Augustine

Confucian Questions to Augustine
Author: JunSoo Park
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781532654046
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Release: 2020-05-11
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Confucian Questions to Augustine, Park compares the works of Confucius and Mencius with those of Saint Augustine. His purpose in so doing is to show Confucian Augustinianism as a new theological perspective on Confucian-Christian ethics and Augustinianism by discovering analogies and differences in their respective understandings of the formation of moral self, particularly the acquisition of virtue, and how they believe this leads to happiness. Using the method of inter-textual reasoning, and assuming continuity between Augustine’s early and later works, he compares Confucius and Mencius’s xue, si, li, and yue with Augustine’s moral learning, contemplation, sacrament, and music, respectively. Confucian Augustinianism shows how to enjoy God, follow Jesus, and live in the Holy Spirit.

The Routledge Guidebook to Augustine s Confessions

The Routledge Guidebook to Augustine s Confessions
Author: Catherine Conybeare
Pages: 170
ISBN: 9781317536376
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Release: 2016-06-17
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Augustine’s Confessions is one of the most significant works of Western culture. Cast as a long, impassioned conversation with God, it is intertwined with passages of life-narrative and with key theological and philosophical insights. It is enduringly popular, and justly so. The Routledge Guidebook to Augustine’s Confessions is an engaging introduction to this spiritually creative and intellectually original work. This guidebook is organized by themes: the importance of language creation and the sensible world memory, time and the self the afterlife of the Confessions. Written for readers approaching the Confessions for the first time, this guidebook addresses the literary, philosophical, historical and theological complexities of the work in a clear and accessible way. Excerpts in both Latin and English from this seminal work are included throughout the book to provide a close examination of both the autobiographical and theoretical content within the Confessions.

Contemplating Christ

Contemplating Christ
Author: Vincent Pizzuto
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9780814647295
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Release: 2018-03-26
Editor: Liturgical Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The incarnation has made mystics of us all. What if we read the gospels as if that were true? In his book Contemplating Christ,Vincent Pizzuto offers an exploration of the interior life for modern contemplatives that is as beautiful as it is compelling. With an emphasis on the gospels and Christian mystical tradition, his book explores ancient themes in new and surprising ways. Drawing on his rich experience as an academic and priest, Pizzuto gradually unfolds the Christian mystery of deification to which the whole of biblical revelation and the Christian contemplative life are ordered: through the incarnation, we have all been made “other Christs” in the world.

Dimensions of the Sacred

Dimensions of the Sacred
Author: Ninian Smart
Pages: 331
ISBN: 0520207777
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Release: 1996
Editor: Univ of California Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Dimensions of the Sacred is arguably one of the most comprehensive and readable accounts of religion that we have had in the past thirty years. Not only does it provide a rich analysis of religious experience, but he also includes much that has been overlooked by other interpreters of the world's religions."--Richard D. Hecht, coauthor of The Sacred Texts of the World

The Heart of Centering Prayer

The Heart of Centering Prayer
Author: Cynthia Bourgeault
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780834840492
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Release: 2016-12-27
Editor: Shambhala Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Centering Prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. It is not, as is sometimes thought, simply an act of devotional piety, nor is it a Christianized form of other meditation methods. Cynthia Bourgeault here cuts through the misconceptions to show that Centering Prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition. She provides a practical, complete course in the practice and then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in Centering Prayer: the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality. With this understanding in place, she then takes us on a journey through one of the sources of the practice, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault’s illumination of the Centering Prayer path provides compelling evidence of how important the practice has become in the half-century since it first arose among American Trappist monks, and of its maturation and refinement over the ensuing years of sincere study and practice. It will resonate with beginners on the Centering Prayer path as well as with seasoned practitioners.

Christianity and Classical Culture

Christianity and Classical Culture
Author: Charles Norris Cochrane
Pages: 329
ISBN:
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Release: 2015-12-31
Editor: Ravenio Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The theme of this work is the revolution in thought and action which came about through the impact of Christianity upon the Graeco-Roman world. This book is organized as follows: Preface Part I. Reconstruction I. Pax Augusta: The Restored Republic II. Romanitas: Empire and Commonwealth III. Roma Aeterna: The Apotheosis of Power IV. Regnum Caesaris Regnum Diaboli Part II. Renovation V. The New Republic: Constantine and the Triumph of the Cross VI. Quid Athenae Hierosolymis? The Impasse of Constantinianism VII. Apostasy and Reaction VIII. State and Church in the New Republic IX. Theodosius and the Religion of State Part III. Regeneration X. The Church and the Kingdom of God XI. Nostra Philosophia: The Discovery of Personality XII. Divine Necessity and Human History

Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America

Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America
Author: Michael S. Pittman
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781441131133
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Release: 2012-03-08
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

G.I. Gurdjieff (d. 1949) remains an important, if controversial, figure in early 20th-century Western Esoteric thought. Born in the culturally diverse region of the Caucasus, Gurdjieff traveled in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in search of practical spiritual knowledge. Though oftentimes allusive, references to Sufi teachings and characters take a prominent position in Gurdjieff's work and writings. Since his death, a discourse on Gurdjieff and Sufism has developed through the contributions as well as critiques of his students and interlocutors. J.G. Bennett began an experimental 'Fourth Way' school in England in the 1970s which included the introduction of Sufi practices and teachings. In America this discourse has further expanded through the collaboration and engagement of contemporary Sufi teachers. This work does not simply demonstrate the influence of Gurdjieff and his ideas, but approaches the specific discourse on and about Gurdjieff and Sufism in the context of contemporary religious and spiritual teachings, particularly in the United States, and highlights some of the adaptive, boundary-crossing, and hybrid features that have led to the continuing influence of Sufism.

New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation
Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9781590300497
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Release: 2003
Editor: Shambhala Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Thomas Merton: "It can become almost a magic word, or if not magic, then 'inspirational,' which is almost as bad." In this modern Christian classic, Merton reveals contemplation to be nothing other than "life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive." The thirty-nine short "seeds" that make up this book are intended to awaken and cultivate the contemplative, mystical dimension of the spiritual path for everyone. New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton's earlier book Seeds of Contemplation.

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine s Confessions

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine s    Confessions
Author: Tarmo Toom
Pages: 335
ISBN: 9781108491860
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Release: 2020-01-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents the best scholarship on Augustine's Confessions which will facilitate a better understanding of this masterpiece.