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The Thirst Of God

Author : Wendy Farley
ISBN : 9780664259860
Genre : Religion
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"There is a rich tradition of wonderful women and other contemplatives who are great resources for thinking differently about Christianity. They emphasized divine love, human compassion, and the radical possibilities of contemplative practices. They were not afraid to criticize the church and indeed thought of their challenge as crucial to their faith. We do not have to lose faith with the beautiful wisdom of this story of intimate and compassionate love, dwelling among us and within us, if we do not want to." —from the acknowledgments and note to readers To those seeking a more open, progressive approach to Christian faith, the Christian past can sometimes seem like a desert, an empty space devoid of encouragement or example. Yet in the latter years of the Middle Ages a quiet flowering of a more accessible, positive approach to Christian belief took place among a group of female mystics, those who emphasized an immediate, nonhierarchical experience of the divine. In this enlightening volume, Wendy Farley eloquently brings the work of three female mystics—Marguerite Porete, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Julian of Norwich—into creative conversation with contemporary Christian life and thought. From alternatives to the standard, violent understandings of the atonement, to new forms of contemplation and prayer, these figures offer us relevant insights through a theology centered on God's love and compassion. Farley demonstrates how these women can help to refresh and expand our awareness of the depth of divine love that encompasses all creation and dwells in the cavern of every human heart.

Breathing With Luce Irigaray

Author : Lenart Skof
ISBN : 9781441126603
Genre : Philosophy
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Contributors to this volume consider the implications of 'the Age of Breath': a spiritual shift in human awareness to the needs of the other figured through breathing. Awareness of the breath allows us to attend to our bodies and the bodies of others, to animals, nature, other cultures, oppressed minorities, and the other of sexual difference. As a way to connect body and spirit, self and other, nature and culture, and East and West, breathing emerges as the significant theological and philosophical gesture of our time. Philosophy has too often cut off metaphysical thought from this living, breathing world with its animal and female bodies, just as religious traditions have repressed the breathing flesh in favour of calcified word. The re-introduction of breath into philosophy and theology draws our awareness back to the body, to respect for the other, and to nature, making awareness of the breath essential for an embodied ethics of difference in our globalized, ecological age. These themes are addressed by an international team of scholars, including Luce Irigaray.

Women And Writing In Medieval Europe A Sourcebook

Author : Carolyne Larrington
ISBN : 9781134843336
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Carolyne Larrington has gathered together a uniquely comprehensive collection of writing by, for and about medieval women, spanning one thousand years and Europe from Iceland to Byzantiu. The extracts are arranged thematically, dealing with the central areas of medieval women's lives and their relation to social and cultural institutions. Each section is contextualised with a brief historical introduction, and the materials span literary, historical, theological and other narrative and imaginative writing. The writings here uncover and confound the stereotype of the medieval woman as lady or virgin by demonstrating the different roles and meanings that the sign of woman occupied in the imaginative space of the medieval period. Larrington's clear and accessible editorial material and the modern English translations of all the extracts mean this work is ideally suited for students. Women and Writing in Early Europe: A Sourcebook also contains an extensive and fully up-to-date bibliography, making it not only essential reading for undergraduates and post graduates but also a valuable tool for scholars.

Time And Eternity

Author : Gerhard Jaritz
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111932278
Genre : History
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This volume is composed of selected papers from the main strand, 'Time and Eternity', at the seventh International Medieval Congress held in July 2000 at Leeds. It attests to the fact that the medieval experience of time and eternity was rich and complex, and that its investigation is open to various approaches and methods. Time and (the possibility of impossibility of) its beginning and its end were frontiers to be explored and to be understood. To make the reader more familiar with the field of study, the volume begins with Wesley Stevens's plenary address 'A Present Sense of Things Past: Quid est enim tempus?', a stimulating introduction not only with regard to some of the basic problems in conceptualizing the nature of time but also to the dating of historical events and the use of calendars for that purpose. Following Stevens's essay, the volume is organised into seven broader themes covering a variety of questions and trying to offer new insights into the medieval perception and constructions of time. They deal with the computation or time and the use of calendars; Jewish concepts of time and redemption; Christian philosophies of eternity and time; monastic and clerical conceptions; literary representations; time and art; and apocalyptic expectations. The volume's selection of authors is international in scope and represents some of the leading current scholarship in the field. It proves that we still 'thirst to know the power and the nature of time' (St Augustine).

Holy Feast And Holy Fast

Author : Caroline Walker Bynum
ISBN : 0520057228
Genre : Religion
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Examines the role of food in the religion of women in the Middle Ages and argues that food practices enabled women to exert power in the family and define their religious vocations

The Book Of Margery Kempe

Author : Margery Kempe
ISBN : 9780199686643
Genre : Fiction
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The Book of Margery Kempe is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife, mother, and mystic. The earliest autobiography in English, It describes Kempe's transformation from businesswoman to pilgrim, her visions, hostile encounters with clergy and travels to holy sites abroad. This new translation provides full introduction and notes.

Fragmentation And Redemption

Author : Caroline Walker Bynum
ISBN : UOM:39015052096826
Genre : History
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These seven essays by noted historian Caroline Walker Bynum exemplify her argumentthat historians must write in a "comic" mode, aware of history's artifice, risks, and incompletion.Exploring a diverse array of medieval texts, the essays show how women were able to appropriatedominant social symbols in ways that revised and undercut them, allowing their own creative andreligious voices to emerge. Taken together, they provide a model of how to account for gender instudying medieval texts and offer a new interpretation of the role of asceticism and mysticism inChristianity.In the first three essays, Bynum focuses on the methodological problems inherent in thewriting of history. She shows that a consideration of medieval texts written by women and therituals attractive to them undermines the approaches of three 20th-century intellectual figures -Victor Turner, Max Weber, and Leo Steinberg - and illustrates how other disciplines can enrichhistorical research. These methodological considerations are then used in the next three essays toexamine gender proper. While describing the "experiential" literary voices of medieval women, Bynumunderlines the corporality of women's piety and focuses on both the cultural construction and theintractable physicality of the body itself. She also examines how the acts and attitudes of menaffected the cultural construction of categories such as "female," "heretic," and "saint" and showsthat the study of gender is the study of how roles and possibilities are conceptualized by bothwomen and men. In the final essay, Bynum elucidates how medieval discussions of bodily resurrectionand the obsession with material details enrich modem debates over questions of self-identity andsurvival.Caroline Walker Bynum is a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the Schaff Prize for ChurchHistory for her highly acclaimed Holy Feast, Holy Fast. She is Professor of History at ColumbiaUniversity.

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