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Modernists & mystics

C. J. T Talar

Publication Year: 2012

In the six original essays included in this volume, the authors discuss how von Hügel, Blondel, Bremond, and Loisy all found inspiration in the great mystics of the past.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-xi

At the 1976 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the late Ronald R. Burke of the University of Nebraska at Omaha convened the first session of a new consultation devoted to the study of what its members called Roman..

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1. The Mystical Element of the Modernist Crisis

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pp. 1-22

Modernists and mystics make an incongruous combination. Or so it might appear. Urging an often-intransigent church into dialogue with modern science, critical history, historical critical studies of the Bible, and post-Kantian philosophy...

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2. Mysticism and Modernism in Baron Friedrich von Hügel’s Life and Thought

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pp. 23-38

Whenever the name of Baron Friedrich von Hügel is mentioned, the context is nearly always that of the Modernist controversy within the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed, of the dozens of books and articles written about him in the eighty...

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3. Prayer at Twilight: Henri Bremond’s Apologie pour Fénelon

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pp. 39-61

In March 1699 the papal brief Cum alias condemned twenty-three propositions extracted from the Explication des Maximes des Saints sur la Vie intérieure, published by François Fénelon (1651–1715) in 1697. It is generally thought that political...

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4. Maurice Blondel: Philosophy, Prayer, and the Mystical

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pp. 62-81

Although references to the mystical appear frequently in his writings, Maurice Blondel devoted just one essay, “Le problème de la mystique” (1925), formally to the topic. In the essay, he has three goals: (1) to defend the legitimacy of a philosophical...

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5. The Modernist and the Mystic: Albert Houtin’s Une grande mystique

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pp. 82-103

For those whose musical horizons encompass the recent revival of interest in Gregorian chant, Solesmes perhaps will not be entirely unfamiliar. The identification of this French Benedictine abbey with plainchant dates back well into the...

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6. Henri Bergson and Alfred Loisy: On Mysticism and the Religious Life

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pp. 104-136

Many Catholics around the turn of the twentieth century viewed appeals to religious experience as suspect. After all, Protestants often emphasized religious experience over against the objective truths enunciated by the Catholic Church through...


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pp. 137-146


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pp. 147-148


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pp. 149-152

E-ISBN-13: 9780813217802
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813217093

Page Count: 152
Publication Year: 2012