Using the experience of the Christian mystic as a focal point, The Naked Being of God explores the tension between the idea of God as transcendent and unchanging, and the idea of God as imminent and dynamic. Selected texts from classical theology provide a backdrop for the mystical awareness, which ultimately does not fit within the bounds of traditional assumptions. Pseudo-Dionysius, Meister Eckhart, and Marguerite Porete are the mystics examined. The work uses process theology to address these paradoxes.
Blair Reynolds is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Philosophy Department at the Northern Military Installations of the University of Alaska.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Where is God? Classical Theology and the Spirit Chapter 3 The Bible and the Early Church Chapter 4 Augustine Chapter 5 Thomas Aquinas Chapter 6 God's Touch Most Delicate: The Christian Mystics Chapter 7 Dionysius Chapter 8 The Beguines: Marguerite Porete Chapter 9 Meister Eckhart Chapter 10 The Experience of Mystical Ecstasy Chapter 11 The Limits of the Mystic's View Chapter 12 Beholding the Naked Being of God Chapter 13 The Centrality of the Divine in Human Experience Chapter 14 The Universe Chapter 15 God Chapter 16 Human Experience Chapter 17 The Holy Spirit and the Human Spirit Chapter 18 Index