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The thirst of God : contemplating God's love with three women mystics / Wendy Farley.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2015]Edition: First editionDescription: 1 online resource (xi, 169 pages)Content type:
  • text
Media type:
  • computer
Carrier type:
  • online resource
ISBN:
  • 9781611646108
  • 1611646103
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 248.2/209252 23
LOC classification:
  • BV5082.3 .F37 2015eb
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Contents:
5050 Part 1. Contemplating love with three women mystics. "Serve nobly ... and fear nothing else" : a door opens and closes ; reigniting practices of compassion ; I must give my bride, holy Christianity, a new cloak : Mechthild of Magdeburg ; Obey no created thing except love : Marguerite Porete ; I saw no wrath anywhere : Julian of Norwich -- Part 2. Lady love and mother Christ : three women's spirituality of compassion. "Her God-hunting heart" : theology and the spirituality of desire ; "I have desired you since the world's beginning" : divine power and mystery ; "The son of God robbed me of my strictest justice" : Christ and salvation ; "A virile vassal in battle" : Mechthild's guide to ethical practice ; "Love overmastered me" : reading Marguerite's book ; "The divine school is held with mouth closed" : reason, virtue, and love ; "This gift slays my thoughts" : divine love and divine emptiness -- "Who shall teach me what I need to know?" : fall and redemption in Julian's vision ; Mother, father, spouse : Julian and the holy trinity ; The fairest face in heaven : Julian's passion -- Conclusion : delivered from captivity : contemplative women in the twenty-first century.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-169).

5050 Part 1. Contemplating love with three women mystics. "Serve nobly ... and fear nothing else" : a door opens and closes ; reigniting practices of compassion ; I must give my bride, holy Christianity, a new cloak : Mechthild of Magdeburg ; Obey no created thing except love : Marguerite Porete ; I saw no wrath anywhere : Julian of Norwich -- Part 2. Lady love and mother Christ : three women's spirituality of compassion. "Her God-hunting heart" : theology and the spirituality of desire ; "I have desired you since the world's beginning" : divine power and mystery ; "The son of God robbed me of my strictest justice" : Christ and salvation ; "A virile vassal in battle" : Mechthild's guide to ethical practice ; "Love overmastered me" : reading Marguerite's book ; "The divine school is held with mouth closed" : reason, virtue, and love ; "This gift slays my thoughts" : divine love and divine emptiness -- "Who shall teach me what I need to know?" : fall and redemption in Julian's vision ; Mother, father, spouse : Julian and the holy trinity ; The fairest face in heaven : Julian's passion -- Conclusion : delivered from captivity : contemplative women in the twenty-first century.

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.

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