Spiritus

Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality
Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2006

CONTENTS

Essays

    Castelli, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Anne), 1958-
  • The Ambivalent Legacy of Violence and Victimhood: Using Early Christian Martyrs to Think With
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mitchison, Naomi, 1897- Blood of the martyrs.
    • LeRoy, Marvyn, dir. Quo vadis (Motion picture)
    • Fischer, Carl, 1924- Portrait of Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian [visual works]
    • Christian martyrs in popular culture.
    • Martyrdom -- Political aspects.
    Abstract:
      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."
    Radler, Charlotte C.
  • Living From the Divine Ground: Meister Eckhart's Praxis of Detachment
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    Subject Headings:
    • Eckhart, Meister, d. 1327.
    • Christian life -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
    • Mysticism -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
    • Depersonalization -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    Abstract:
      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.
    Barnes, Michael, 1947-
  • The Intimacy of Distance: On Faith Learning from Faith
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    Subject Headings:
    • 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.
    Abstract:
      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'.

Rereading the Classics

    Conn, Joann Wolski.
  • Thérèse of Lisieux: Far From Spiritual Childhood
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    Subject Headings:
    • Thérèse, de Lisieux, Saint, 1873-1897.
    • Spiritual formation -- Catholic Church.
    • Maturation (Psychology) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    Abstract:
      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.

Poetry

Review Symposium: Robert Orsi's Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them

    Paulsell, Stephanie, 1962-
  • A Second Solidarity
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    Subject Headings:
    • Orsi, Robert A. Between heaven and earth: the religious worlds people make and the scholars who study them.
    • Catholic Church -- United States -- Customs and practices -- Case studies.
    Taves, Ann, 1952-
  • Interior Disciplines and a Revitalized Phenomenology of Religion
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    Subject Headings:
    • Orsi, Robert A. Between heaven and earth: the religious worlds people make and the scholars who study them.
    • Catholic Church -- United States -- Customs and practices -- Case studies.
    McGuire, Meredith B.
  • What Really Matters
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    Subject Headings:
    • Orsi, Robert A. Between heaven and earth: the religious worlds people make and the scholars who study them.
    • Catholic Church -- United States -- Customs and practices -- Case studies.
    Orsi, Robert A.
  • 2 + 2 = Five, or the Quest for an Abundant Empiricism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Paulsell, Stephanie, 1962- Second solidarity.
    • Taves, Ann, 1952- Interior disciplines and a revitalized phenomenology of religion.
    • McGuire, Meredith B. What really matters.
    • Religion -- Study and teaching -- United States.

Book Reviews

    Sheldrake, Philip.
  • Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kieckhefer, Richard. Theology in stone: Church architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley.
    • Church architecture.
    Groppe, Elizabeth Teresa, 1963-
  • Power and the Spirit of God: Toward an Experience-Based Pneumatology (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cooke, Bernard J. Power and the spirit of God: toward an experience-based pneumatology.
    • Holy Spirit.
    Frohlich, Mary.
  • Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Graziano, Frank, 1955- Wounds of love: the mystical marriage of Saint Rose of Lima.
    • Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617.
    Harmless, William, 1953-
  • Evagrius Ponticus: Ad Monachos (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Evagrius, Ponticus, 345?-399. Ad monachos.
    • Driscoll, Jeremy, 1951-, tr.
    • Evagrius, Ponticus, 345?-399. Ad monachos.
    Gray, Howard (Howard J.)
  • Walking in the Spirit, a Reflection on Jeronimo Nadal's Phrase "Contemplative Likewise in Action" (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Conwell, Joseph F. Walking in the spirit: a reflection on Jerónimo Nadal's phrase "Contemplative likewise in action".
    • Nadal, Gerónimo, 1507-1580.
    Guider, Margaret Eletta, 1951-
  • The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brackley, Dean. Call to discernment in troubled times: new perspectives on the transformative wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola.
    • Spiritual life -- Catholic Church.
    Matovina, Timothy M., 1955-
  • PADRES: The National Chicano Priest Movement (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Martinez, Richard Edward, 1968- PADRES: the national Chicano priest movement.
    • Padres Asociados para Derechos Religiosos, Educativos y Sociales -- History.
    Kelly, Thomas M., 1969-
  • Where Two or Three are Gathered: Christian Families as Domestic Churches (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bourg, Florence Caffrey. Where two or three are gathered: Christian families as domestic churches.
    • Family -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
    Anthony, Cara.
  • Spiritual But Not Religious? An Oar Stroke Closer to the Farther Shore (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Locklin, Reid B. Spiritual but not religious?: an oar stroke closer to the farther shore.
    • Church.

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