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Renewing Mystical Theology: The Link Between Theological Doctrine and Spiritual Practice in Medieval Spiritualities

Feb 26 at 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Renewing Mystical Theology: The Link Between Theological Doctrine and Spiritual Practice in Medieval Spiritualities

26-27 February 2021 on Livestream

Language: English

Spirituality has grown distant from dogmatic and moral theology over the past few centuries. This trend continues, for example, in the quest to base one’s principles of spirituality mostly on the experience of one or more individuals. The medieval spiritual masters did not suffer from the division between doctrine and practice as many of our contemporaries do. These masters offer resources to overcome the division between theology and spirituality.

This colloquium gathers leading international experts on the mystical theologians of the 13th and 14th centuries. It aims to explore how theologies of contemplation and Christian perfection integrate philosophical principles, Scripture, established theological conclusions, the dogmatic teachings of the Church, and a theologian’s own doctrinal claims. What is the relation between these sources and spiritual experience? To what extent does philosophy impact “spiritual theology”? Is philosophy itself modified by spiritual experience? How do the spiritual masters integrate and modify the teachings of their ancestors, and on what basis?

The colloquium seeks to build on the foundation of historical studies, with the aim of developing clearer systematic principles for spirituality. For the sake of historical precision, each spiritual master is presented on his own. The method is at once historical and theological.

Friday, February 26, 2021

14:30 CET  / 8:30 EST
“Love above Knowledge in Thomas Gallus: Medieval Founder of Modern Anti-Intellectualism?”
Boyd Taylor Coolman

16:00 CET / 10:00 EST
“L’agire trinitario nella contemplazione della verità divina, secondo il Commento di san Tommaso d’Aquino al Vangelo di san Giovanni”
Denis Chardonnens, OCD

17:30 CET / 11:30  EST
“Albertus Magnus on Contemplative Ascent to God: The Purification of the Mind and the Senses”
Bernhard Blankenhorn, OP

Saturday, February 27, 2021

14:30 CET  / 8:30 EST
“Union with God through the intellectus agens and the unum in nobis in Dietrich of Freiberg and Berthold of Moosburg”
Paul D. Hellmeier, OP

16:00 CET  / 10:00 EST
“Uomo interiore e esteriore secondo Meister Eckhart”
Alessandra Beccarisi

17:30  CET / 11:30 EST
“The Doctrine of Deification: Mystical Experience as Dogmatic Foundation in St. Gregory Palamas”
Marcus Plested

19:00  CET / 13:00 EST
“Theologia: Scientia secundum pietatem”
Marianne Schlosser


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