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Encountering Transcendence: Contributions to a Theology of Christian Religious Experience (Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia) [Paperback]

By Lieven Boeve (Editor), Hans Geybels (Editor) & Stijn Van den Bossche (Editor)
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Pages   506
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   Peeters Publishers
ISBN  9042916745  
EAN  9789042916746  

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This volume consists of several contributions to a refined understanding of religious experience in view of contemporary theological epistemology. Diverse sample studies taken from the extensive field of religion, theology and religious studies reveal that 'religious experience' is today clearly a pivotal issue. More specifically, this is made evident in modern theological hermeneutics and in the anti-modern and/or post-modern reactions thereto, the theology of world religions and inter-religious dialogue, the contemporary resurgence of religiosity in Western society and culture, and the so-called turn to religion in contemporary continental philosophy. It would appear from such studies that the category of 'religious experience' is frequently called upon to clarify or explain the phenomenon of religion and religiosity on the one hand and to support and legitimise religious positions or the critique thereof on the other. Because of the loss of plausibility of tradition-bound religiosity and of foundational, so-called onto-theological schemes, 'religious experience' has come to constitute, for many, the last (or latest) point of departure and anchor for religion and religious thinking. This is certainly the case with respect to tendencies within contemporary Christian traditions and theological reflection. In a multitude of ways and from a variety of different perspectives, 'religious experience' and 'experience of transcendence' or 'of the divine' have gained a prominent place in philosophical and fundamental-theological conceptual schemes. In reaction to this, other authors have denied the very primacy given to religious experience in reflecting upon faith, pointing to the constitutive role of tradition and narrative without which there is no religious experience. From all this follows that the category of religious experience is in great need of reconceptualisation, not least from a theological point of view. On the one hand, religious experience is all too easily called upon to legitimise religious claims (often against 'tradition') and on the other hand, the category has become misleading in so far as it is tainted by the modern scientific understanding of experience - in reaction to which 'tradition' is then easily invoked to protect the core of religion. Both young scholars at the preceding junior conference and senior scholars during the conference's paper sessions presented from diverse perspectives new ways to conceive of religious experience in view of today's challenges of secularisation, religious plurality, the aestheticisation of religion, etc. The selected contributions have been arranged in four thematically oriented parts: 'Approaching Religious Experience in a Postmodern Age', 'Modern (re)Thinking of Religious Experience', 'Liberating Religious Experience', and 'Challenges for Spirituality'.

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Lieven Boeve is Professor of Fundamental Theology and Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of Interrupting Tradition. An Essay on Christian Faith in a Postmodern Context (LPTM, 30), Leuven: Peeters / Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003, and God Interrupts History. Theology in a Time of Upheaval, New York: Continuum, 2007 and co-authored The Ratzinger Reader, London/New York: Continuum, 2010. He co-edited 18 volumes, of which the most recent are: Edward Schillebeeckx and Contemporary Theology, London/New York: Continuum, 2010; and: Between Philosophy and Theology. Contemporary Interpretations of Christianity, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010.
Yves De Maeseneer is teaching Fundamental Theological Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium. From 2000 to 2007, he was a member of the Research Group Theology in a Postmodern Context. Since 2010, he is the coordinator of the Research Group Anthropos, an interdisciplinary platform of theological ethicists and fundamental theologians, who are developing a renewed theological anthropology. He also edited (together with Lieven Boeve and Stijn Van den Bossche), Religious experience and contemporary theological epistemology, Peeters, Leuven, 2005.
Ellen Van Stichel is a postdoctoral researcher to the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). For her dissertation Out of Love for Justice: Moral Philosophy and Catholic Social Thought on Global Duties she received the Mgr. Arthur Janssens prize for Christian social ethics (2012). Currently, she is a member of the Research Group Anthropos of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium).

Lieven Boeve has an academic affiliation as follows - Catholic University of Leuven.

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