IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1725: 'We Should Feel Ourselves Completely in God and Completely in Ourselves': Axioms for the Union with God in the Mystics of the Low Countries, II

Thursday 12 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen / Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Organiser:Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Moderator/Chair:Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 1725-a'Otherness' as a Mystical Term in Ruusbroec
(Language: English)
Satoshi Kikuchi, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Dutch, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1725-bRuled out? The (Im)possibility of Mystical Union According to Hendrik Herp O.F.M. (d. 1477)
(Language: English)
Thom Mertens, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Dutch, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1725-cA Shared Vision: Common Features of Mystical Anthropology in three 16th-Century Middle Dutch Mystical Texts (The Arnhem Mystical Sermons, The Evangelical Pearl, The Temple of Our Soul)
(Language: English)
Kees Schepers, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Dutch, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

One of the most challenging intellectual problems raised in the Middle Ages is the union (or unity) of the human person and God. One may identify movements that emphasise the unbridgeable distance between the human person and God, but also movements that describe complete fusion. In the mystical literature of the Low Countries, a nuanced attempt was made to recognise and valorise both human nature and the deepest union with God, wherein these two dimensions are not mutually exclusive. The contributions in this session investigate which axioms were used in attempting to maintain this balance.