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Mysticism After Modernity

ISBN: 978-0-631-20764-1
168 pages
December 1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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In Mysticism After Modernity, Don Cupitt argues that the extensive modern literature about mysticism has rested upon a mistake - the belief that there can be meaningful experience prior to language.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mysticism of Secondariness.

1. The Modern Construction of Mysticism and Religious Experience.

2. Theories of Mysticism in Modernity.

3. Dogmatic Theology is an Ideology of Absolute Spiritual Power.

4. Mysticism is a Kind of Writing.

5. How Mystical Writing Produces Religious Happiness.

6. The Politics of Mysticism.

7. Mystical Writing was the Forerunner of Deconstruction and Radical Theology.

8. Meltdown.

9. Happiness.

10. Eternity.


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Author Information

Don Cuppitt was, for over 25 years, dean of Emmanuel College Cambridge. He has become known for his many controversial books and television programs, including The Sea of Faith. He has recently retired in order study and write full time.
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The Wiley Advantage

* First book in the major new series Religion and Modernity.
* Highly respected and well known author.
* Re-interprets this much debated topic of study.
* Places the subject of mysticism in a postmodern context.
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‘In an era where many decry the death of certainties in our postmodern situation, Cuppitt shows how the mystic teach us to embrace the freedom and likeness of that very situation. The book offers a refreshing freeing of vision to our age of doubt. It is a fine contribution.’ Robert K. Forman, Hunter College

"A lucid and stimulating argument for ways to understand mysticism in the postmodern world. Mysticism After Modernity should prove invaluable to those concerned about the relevance and ongoing survival of the mystical tradition." Carl McColman, Mystic-L

<!--end-->"Postmodernists are likely to find this enjoyable reading....this is a challenging little book that deserves to be explored by students of mysticism and religious experience"George Adams, Susquehanna University

"The central theme of this book is the claim that the writings of the classical mystics are misunderstood when they are treated (as they are even by Derrida) as qualified versions of an orthodox metaphysical theism."Maurice Wiles, Oxford

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