IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1221: Mystical Union and the Issue of Christology in Eckhart, Ruusbroec, and the Arnhem Mystical Sermons

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen
Organiser:Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Moderator/Chair:Tom Gaens, Cartusiana vzw, Zelem
Paper 1221-aEckhart's Christology and his Condemned Articles in the Bull In agro dominico
(Language: English)
Satoshi Kikuchi, Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Paper 1221-bAfter the Bull In agro dominico: Aspects of Ruusbroec's Christological Thought
(Language: English)
Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Paper 1221-cA 16th-Century Synergy: Union and Distinction in the Arnhem Mystical Sermons (Royal Library, Den Haag, MS. 133 H 13.)
(Language: English)
Huiberdina Ineke Cornet, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Abstract

Traditionally, the Christian Church distinguishes the sonship of Christ from that of the human person. Whereas Jesus Christ is believed to be God’s Son by nature, human persons are created beings and therefore sons by grace. They are ‘sons in the Son’, because they share in the relationship with the Father by participating in the life of Christ. Mystical literature, which emphasises the union between the human person and God, has sometimes been accused of blurring the boundaries between Christ and the human person. Some expressions concerning this issue in the writings of Meister Eckhart were condemned in the papal bull In agro dominico (1329). In this session, three steps in mystical-Christological thought will be explored in three medieval authors, whose writings are intertextually connected: Eckhart, Ruusbroec, and the anonymous Arnhem Mystical Sermons.