Julian of Norwich and the Mystical Body Politic of Christ
Publication Year: 1999
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This book consists of an argument for a single claim-that Julian of Norwich may fruitfully be read as one who "imagines the political." However, the argument is rather obliquely made, because the explication of what that claim means and the evidence to support it require...
1. IMAGINING THE POLITICAL
Julian of Norwich's day was a long time in coming. The modern popularity of the fourteenth-century anchoress and the author of A Revelation of Love2 follows upon several centuries of neglect, during which copies of her book were rare, and there was little scholarly or popular...
2. "I DESYRED A BODELY SIGHT"
Julian's Revelation of Love speaks of the divine nature in a way that stands in stark contrast both to the feudal account of order and to the nominalist account of freedom, for it discerns God's nature from the divine wisdom and love displayed in Jesus Christ. God's power is neither enshrined...
3. "A FEYER AND DELECTABLE PLACE"
The human flesh of Jesus is central both to Julian's revelation and to her understanding of the nature of God. In contrast to the nominalist emphasis on God's omnipotence as the formal capacity to do anything that does not involve logical contradiction, Julian presents us with a picture of divine power...
4. "A CONTYNUANT LABORER AND AN HARD TRAVELER"
The question of how it could be true that there was no wrath in God, nor blame for sinners, when the church taught that we are, as sinners, deserving of both wrath and blame, poses for Julian a great dilemma. This specific question must be understood within the context of Julian's bodily...
Conclusion: PERFORMING THE BOOK
At the beginning of the final chapter of A Revelation of Love, Julian writes, "This boke is begonne by goddys gyfte and his grace, but it is nott yett performyd, as to my syght [This book is begun by God's gift and grace, but it is not yet performed, as I see it]" (86.2-3). What Julian means...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 1999
OCLC Number: 607120174
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