Titel: Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit
Autor/en: Edith M. Humphrey
WILLIAM B EERDMANS PUB CO
Januar 2006 - kartoniert - 295 Seiten
Countering the generic "spirituality" so popular today, Edith Humphrey presents an authentic Christian spirituality that draws on Scripture and the profound riches of the Christian tradition -- Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Humphrey shows how Christian spirituality is rooted in the Trinity, in the "ecstasy ("going out" of oneself) and "intimacy (profound closeness with another) marking the relations between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The book embodies a banquet of excerpts from the greatest spiritual writers in history -- such luminaries as St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of Avila, the Wesley brothers, Thomas Merton, and Alexander Schmemann. Humphrey's elegant prose, laced with stories and images from her own life, beautifully uncovers the ways in which God's trinitarian life informs all human communion. Each chapter ends with questions for further reflection and discussion.
FOREWORD, by Eugene H. Peterson PREFACE INTRODUCTION: The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of the Age: Discerning the Difference LOVE The Holy Tryst and the Great Story: The Incarnation, the Holy Spirit, and the Human Spirit Separation from God and Approach Word and Wisdom, Knowledge and Faith LIGHT On Mount Tabor: Jesus at the Center, in Communion with Father and Spirit The Flame of Love -- The Witness of Our Older Siblings in the Faith Icons of Love -- Communion in Friendship, Family, Marriage, and Church LIFE When Spirituality Goes Wrong The Holy Spirit, Hope, and Healing Suffering, Transformation, and New Creation CONCLUSION: Generic Spirituality -- Abomination or Open Door? BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX OF SUBJECTS AND NAMES INDEX OF SCRIPTURE AND OTHER ANCIENT SOURCES
Edith M Humphrey is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her writings include The Ladies and the Cities and The Sheffield Guide to Joseph and Aseneth, as well as articles on rhetoric, visionary literatures and contemporary issues in the Church.
Ellen T. Charry -- Princeton Theological Seminary "This thoughtful contribution to applied Christian spirituality places the Trinity and the Incarnation squarely at the center of Christian identity. Further, it brings the riches of the Christian spiritual tradition to those who seek to dwell in God." Robert Fastiggi -- Sacred Heart Major Seminary "In an age filled with much confusion, Edith Humphrey points readers to the hidden treasures of Scripture and the authentic meaning of the Christian life, rooted in the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnate Word. Ecstasy and Intimacy invites us to discover 'the astonishing potential of Christian intimacy with God' revealed in the Holy Scriptures." John Chryssavgis -- Holy Cross School of Theology "Ecstasy and Intimacy is a book of reawakening and rediscovery, of prose and poetry. It discerns the mystical in the traditional, the spiritual in the secular, drawing wisdom from 'the communion of the saints.' It reflects on the spiritual dimensions of faith, love, and the creation in a refreshing way, deriving insights from 'the communion of the Holy Spirit.'" Marva J. Dawn -- author of Reaching Out without Dumbing Down "Edith Humphrey invites us into the rich heritage of the Church throughout time and space and thereby into orthodox, catholic, evangelical spirituality in the best sense of all four of those words. She introduces us especially to Eastern theologians and takes the elitism out of mysticism to welcome us into deeper worlds than we have previously known. This is an intimate conversation that spurs us toward enlarged response to God and ecstatic involvement in the world."