IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 526: 'Love for the Other and Discovery of the Self': Reconsidering Mystical Theology

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Organiser:Wesley Hwang, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Moderator/Chair:Catherine J. Batt, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 526-a'Silent Music': The Mystical Theology of St John of the Cross and Buddhist Wisdom
(Language: English)
Wesley Hwang, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Index terms: Religious Life, Theology
Paper 526-b'With her bodily eyes': Divine Hysteria and Female Agency in The Book of Margery Kempe
(Language: English)
Hawwah Yiwen Chen, Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Index terms: Gender Studies, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

Recent decades have witnessed increasing interest in the study of mystical theology in the academic world. For instance, William Johnston portrays fundamental doctrines of Christian mysticism and sets forth a spiritual journey for modern laity people (Mystical Theology: The Science of Love, 2006). By deriving sources widely from Christian tradition and Asian religions, Johnston creates a new mystical theology. For him, mystical theology has long been neglected since the early modern period; and the core of mystical theology is the relation of the self to the divine ‘Other’.