By John Ferguson
Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries reminiscent of William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the position performed by way of medicinal drugs, yoga, song and the dance, this Encyclopaedia presents crucial details at the manifold facets of mysticism and should function a accomplished and worthwhile paintings of reference for a few years to return. contains two hundred illustrations.
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More than groundwork, however, can be provided in a treatment of Boehme that registers his rich comprehensiveness. Visionary ascription, however, brings with it its own set of difficulties. 2 Obviously, Boehme’s personal and essentially private experiences have no such explanatory capability. On the one hand, Boehme’s actual experiences of illumination are too indeterminate to offer the slightest clue with regard to the depiction of the superdeterminate encompassing divine reality, rendered in his 28 Gnostic Apocalypse texts.
Arguably, it is the second of these two forms that dominates. 13 Whether sophiological or trinitarian, Boehme’s voluntarist rendering of a divine that is relatively rather than absolutely transcendent, because incipiently archeological, is theologically distinctive. Yet it is important not to dismiss the noetic accompaniment of will and its gnoseological aim. 1-3, the divine finds both a center and a modicum of self-reflection. Similarity in noetic specification of will raises the issue of the relation between the sophiological and trinitarian modes of differentiation.
There is much that divides the two enterprises. In this text I reject the binary opposition of mentalities deployed by Foucault to suggest the impossible possibility of the operation in modernity of a premodern form of discourse that represents the ‘other’ of modern rational instrumental discourse. The structuralist way in which the opposition is made evades history, and particularly, the responsibility of seeing that discourses such as those of Boehme and Paracelsus are not totally banished from the precincts of modernity, but have effective histories not only to the side of the discourses of modernity but to a significant extent within them, particularly in the thought of Romanticism and Idealism and beyond.
An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism: and the Mystery Religions by John Ferguson