Mysticism, Art & Theology

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Mysticism, Art & Theology

Explore the primary works of mystical Christian theologians from the patristic to the modern period.

By Atlantic School of Theology

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Fri, Jan 6, 2023 5:00 AM - Fri, Mar 31, 2023 7:30 AM PST



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About this event

Often with wild poetics, mystical theologians including Augustine, Evagrius Ponticus, Hildegard of Bingen, Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, Simone Weil and Thomas Merton explore the strangeness of God’s presence in relation to self-presence, and to “decreation.” We read the primary works of these theologians, and art created in response to their theologies.

About the Instructor: Dr. Alyda Faber, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at AST, earned a BA in English and French Literature (University of Guelph); an MA in English and Creative Writing (University of New Brunswick); a BTh (McGill University); an MDiv (United Theological College); and a PhD in Theology and Ethics (McGill). She is an Adjunct of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University, and an Associate Editor of the Dalhousie Review. Her research interests include forms of theological writing; poetics; literature, film, and theology; violence and theological ethics. Among others, she teaches courses on mystical theology, sexual ethics, theological ethics and the climate crisis, the doctrine of sin, theological foundations, and research methods in Theology and Religious Studies.

Dates: January 6 - March 31 2023

Days & Times: Synchronous: live in real time via internet link or in-person on Fridays from 9am - 11.30am

Requirements: Weekly readings and discussions. No written work, projects, or presentations.

Books to purchase:

Confessions by Augustine; trans. Sarah Ruden; 2017 Modern Library edition

Gravity and Grace by Simone Weil

Mystics by William Harmless

New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense by Meister Eckhart, trans. Edmund College & Bernard McGinn

Fee: $250.00

Format: Online or In-Person

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