Special Issue "The Tradition of Mystical Theology and Its Challenges to Contemporaneous Theology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.
2. Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University, 5037 AB Tilburg, Netherlands
3. Ruusbroec Institute, University of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Interests: history of Christian mysticism; medieval mysticism; Jesuit history and spirituality
The focus of this Special Issue of Religions is the tradition of mystical theology, and its relevance for today’s theology. The Christian literary tradition of mystical authors is exceptionally rich. It can be fascinating, for example, from a literary perspective we can think of the poems of Hadewijch or of John of the Cross. However, it also contains specific approaches to theology. Various aspects have recently been presented in the excellent Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology (ed. Edward Howells and Mark A. McIntosh). One of the purposes of that handbook was to show that mystical theology is an essential and integral part of theology as a discipline.
Now a next step can be made—namely, to explore which specific challenges this older tradition of mystical theology contains for the theology of today.
Since it has centuries-old tradition, mystical theology is obviously not a monolithic block. In the course of time, various interests, controversies, and discussions have been developed, and all these issues need to be studied and understood in their own historical context. Nevertheless, they may also have a specific relevance for the theology of today, possibly by opening perspectives that have been neglected for some time, possibly by showing dimensions that are not explored today.
While on the one hand mystical theology enjoys attention from historical or literary scholars who may overlook the theological dimensions, and on the other hand theologians may refer to mystical topics without taking into consideration the specific historical contexts and sources, the real dialogue of these disciplines is still at its very beginning. In this Special Issue, we want to engage in that specific dialogue.
We seek contributions that either develop a case study of a specific mystical topic (in its historical context) which has special relevance for today’s theological reflection, or that investigate the methodological aspects of such a dialogue. We hope that this Special Issue can contribute to this new and promising field of research.
Prof. Rob Faesen
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- history of Christian mysticism
- contemporaneous theology