Fischer, Carl, 1924- Portrait of Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian [visual works]
Christian martyrs in popular culture.
Martyrdom -- Political aspects.
This essay examines three twentieth-century examples drawn from literature, film, and photography where the figure of the early Christian martyr has served as a vehicle for making critical interventions into contemporary political situations. By exploring these three examples-Naomi Mitchison's 1939 novel, The Blood of the Martyrs; MGM's 1951 film version of Quo Vadis; and Carl Fischer's photograph of Muhammad Ali posed as Saint Sebastian, which appeared on the cover of Esquire magazine in April 1968—this essay considers the powerful (if, at times, ambivalent) rhetorical effects generated by such popular culture representations that "use early Christian martyrs to think with."
Christian life -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Mysticism -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Depersonalization -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Meister Eckhart's notion of detachment constitutes a dynamic and vital key concept that lies at the heart of and unlocks Eckhart's richly textured mysticism. Eckhart makes a valuable contribution to the contemporary discourse on mysticism by emphasizing the dialectical and unbreakable connection between "interiority" and "exteriority" and highlighting the transformative nature of detachment. Detachment, for Eckhart, is not a static concept, but is rather a dynamic apophatic, kenotic, and dialectical activity. Eckhart's notion of detachment, disclosing the "this-worldly" and egalitarian dimensions of his
mysticism, teaches us what it means to be truly and authentically human vis-à-vis self, other, community, and the transcendent.
Lévinas, Emmanuel. Loving the Torah more than God.
Abe, Masao, 1915- Kenosis and emptiness.
Christianity and other religions -- Judaism --1945-
Christianity and other religions -- Buddhism.
This article engages with the challenges which in different ways Emmanuel
Levinas and Masao Abe make to Christian theism. In the light of this
dialogue Christian discipleship emerges as intrinsically relational in form,
formed by a demanding encounter of two freedoms. It is argued that it is
this very process of wrestling with 'the other' which builds a properly
Christian 'spirituality of dialogue'.
Maturation (Psychology) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
In order to make Thérèse of Lisieux's "little way" a resource for contemporary spirituality that often mistakes it for a "way of spiritual childhood," this essay situates it within the context of structural developmental psychology, and examines Thérèse's original texts in that light. After indicating structural-developmental criteria of maturity it points out the early signs evident in Thérèse's process of claiming her "little way." Then, because her language—"remaining little" and having God's motherly action save her from strenuous activity—could be interpreted developmentally as immature, it presents evidence of Thérèse's maturity in the years she claimed this "little way," 1894-1897. Finally, it shows how her "little way" is far from spiritual childhood and valuable for adult spiritual formation.