Ecstasy and Intimacy
When contemporary Americans, even Christian ones, go looking for "spirituality," they look to Eastern religious traditions, New Age fads, and the self-help section of their local bookstore. They look almost anywhere, in fact, but to orthodox Christianity. In "Ecstasy and...
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When contemporary Americans, even Christian ones, go looking for "spirituality," they look to Eastern religious traditions, New Age fads, and the self-help section of their local bookstore. They look almost anywhere, in fact, but to orthodox Christianity. In "Ecstasy and Intimacy," Edith Humphrey sets out to counter this trend by helping the reader rediscover the spiritual riches of the Christian tradition -- Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.As Humphrey reveals, Christian spirituality takes its cue from the Trinity, from the "ecstasy" ("going out" of oneself) and "intimacy" (profound closeness with another) marking the relations between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; it is within God's own ecstatic actions and intimate love -- seen particularly in the Incarnation -- that human ecstasy and intimacy are meant to take shape."Ecstasy and Intimacy" spreads a banquet from the great spiritual writers of the past -- such luminaries as St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of Avila, the Wesleys, and Thomas Merton. Humphrey's elegant prose, embroidered with stories and images from her own life, leads the reader into a deeper understanding of the ecstasy and intimacy inherent in a Trinitarian spirituality.
Edith M. Humphrey (Ph.D., McGill University) is the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit; Joseph and Aseneth (Guides To The Apocrypha And Pseudepigrapha);The Ladies and the Cities and Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven, along with numerous articles on the literary and rhetorical study of the Bible.
Dr. Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written nearly thirty influential books including, Praying with the Psalms; Praying with Jesus; Reversed Thunder; Leap Over a Wall; Run with the Horses and Answering God , but he is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible.
Eugene Peterson was educated at Seattle Pacific University, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, and in 1962, Peterson became founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia retiring in 2002.
His most recent publications have been the Spiritual Theology Series including Eat this Book; Christ Dances in a Thousand Places; The Word Made Flesh; The Jesus Way and the fifth volume Practising Resurrection.
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- Foreword, By Eugene H. Peterson Preface Introduction: The Holy Spirit And The Spirit Of The Age: Discerning The Difference Love The Holy Tryst And The Great Story: The Incarnation, The Holy Spirit, And The Human Spirit Separation From God And Approach Word And Wisdom, Knowledge And Faith Light On Mount Tabor: Jesus At The Center, In Communion With Father And Spirit The Flame Of Love -- The Witness Of Our Older Siblings In The Faith Icons Of Love -- Communion In Friendship, Family, Marriage, And Church Life When Spirituality Goes Wrong The Holy Spirit, Hope, And Healing Suffering, Transformation, And New Creation Conclusion: Generic Spirituality -- Abomination Or Open Door? Bibliography Index Of Subjects And Names Index Of Scripture And Other Ancient Sources