Unidentified artist, German, possibly Bohemian. Two Female Saints, 14th century. Oil and gold on panel, Overall: 31 3/8 x 23 1/8 in. (79.7 x 58.7 cm). Barnes Foundation BF875. Public Domain

Divine Audacity

Mystical Theology, introspection and radical thinking was wedded in the lives and works of Margurite Porete, Hugh of Balma, Meister Eckhart and Ruusbroch. New book presents their thinking

Divine Audacity: Unity and Identity in Hugh of Balma, Eckhart, Ruusbroec, and Marguerite Porete
By Peter S. Dillard,
James Clarke & Co. 2022

Divine Audacity
Divine Audacity

In Divine Audacity, Peter Dillard presents a historically informed and rigorous analysis of the themes of mystical union, volition and virtue that occupied several of the foremost theological minds in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. In particular, the work of Marguerite Porete raises complex questions in these areas, which are further explored by a trio of her near contemporaries. Their respective meditations are thoroughly analysed and then skilfully brought into dialogue.

What emerges from Dillard’s synthesis of these voices is a contemporary mystical theology that is rooted in Hugh of Balma’s affective approach, sharpened through critical engagement with Meister Eckhart’s intellectualism, and strengthened by crucial insights gleaned from the writings of John Ruusbroec. The fresh examination of these thinkers – one of whom paid with her life for her radicalism – will appeal to philosophers and theologians alike, while Dillard’s own propositions demand attention from all who concern themselves with the nature of the union between the soul and God.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter S. Dillard has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University, USA and his novel, Hohokam Bones, was published by Aydy Press in 2004.

FEATURED PHOTO:

Unidentified artist, German, possibly Bohemian. Two Female Saints, 14th century. Oil and gold on panel, Overall: 31 3/8 x 23 1/8 in. (79.7 x 58.7 cm). Barnes Foundation BF875. Public Domain

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