In Mysticism After Modernity, Don Cupitt argues that the extensive modern literature about mysticism has rested upon a mistake - the belief that there can be meaningful experience prior to language. In postmodern thought, experience does not give meaning to language: on the contrary, language gives meaning to experience. From this point of view, the great mystics were a line of dissidents or revisionist writers who sought, through their writing, to dissolve God and the self into each other and so produce an effect of religious happiness. This highly thought-provoking book will encourage its readers to form a new mysticism of secondaries, a new form of religious nationalism.
?In an era where many decry the death of certainties in our postmodern situation, Cuppitt shows how the mystic teach us to embrace the freedom and likeness of that very situation. The book offers a refreshing freeing of vision to our age of doubt. It is a fine contribution.? Robert K. Forman, Hunter College
"A lucid and stimulating argument for ways to understand mysticism in the postmodern world. Mysticism After Modernity should prove invaluable to those concerned about the relevance and ongoing survival of the mystical tradition." Carl McColman, Mystic-L
"Postmodernists are likely to find this enjoyable reading....this is a challenging little book that deserves to be explored by students of mysticism and religious experience"George Adams, Susquehanna University
"The central theme of this book is the claim that the writings of the classical mystics are misunderstood when they are treated (as they are even by Derrida) as qualified versions of an orthodox metaphysical theism."Maurice Wiles, Oxford
Introduction: The Mysticism of Secondariness.
1. The Modern Construction of Mysticism and Religious Experience.
2. Theories of Mysticism in Modernity.
3. Dogmatic Theology is an Ideology of Absolute Spiritual Power.
4. Mysticism is a Kind of Writing.
5. How Mystical Writing Produces Religious Happiness.
6. The Politics of Mysticism.
7. Mystical Writing was the Forerunner of Deconstruction and Radical Theology.
Series: Religion and Spirituality in the Modern World
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 8th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.18
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1