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Mysticism, Death and Dying
Mysticism, Death and Dying
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Christopher Nugent - Author
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
Price: $48.50 
Hardcover - 142 pages
Release Date: October 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2205-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2205-2

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Paperback - 142 pages
Release Date: September 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2206-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2206-9

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"This book illuminates the mysterious affinity between mysticism and death. There are many books today on death and dying, but none like this one." -- Bernadette Roberts

This book charts the borderline between the nocturnal side of mysticism and the luminous side of death and it illuminates their paradoxical affinities. Within a culture of both denial and despair, it affirms the reality but not the finality of death. If what the generations have called the mystery of death is "the last enemy," a still more mysterious mysticism would anticipate, illuminate and disarm it, issuing in what "eyes have not seen, ears have not heard." This work is contemporary in that it represents a creative and original appropriation of tradition, is spiritually more mystical than devotional--and is ecumenically conversant with and sensitive to the great religious traditions.

Christopher Nugent is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Colloquy of Poissy: A Study in Sixteenth-Century Ecumenism, and Masks of Satan: The Demonic in History.


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Table of Contents

Foreword

1. Initiation: The Mystery of Death

Prefatory

What is Mysticism?

Mysticism and Death

A Note on the Problem of Evil

The Wound of Love

Reflections to the Reader

Reflections on the Ecumenicity of Death

The Comedy of Resurrection

2. Illumination: Nocturne

Prefatory

Night and Negative Theology

St. John of the Cross

The Cloud of Unknowing

Negative Theology Reviewed

Prayer, Meditation, and Contemplation

"Yes,"

The Prayer of Suffering, or Purgatory on Earth: St.Thérèse and Etty Hillesum

The Night is the Time of Salvation.

3. Immolation: The Sacrifice

Prefatory

The Sacrifice

Our Sacrifice and the Sacrifice of Christ

Purgatory on Earth: St. Catherine of Genoa and Caryll Houselander

Concluding Reflections: Glory.

Afterword

Notes

Bibliography

Index


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