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The Inner Ascent to God and the Innermost of the Human Person in the Arnhem mystical sermons.

Cornet, Ineke (2016) The Inner Ascent to God and the Innermost of the Human Person in the Arnhem mystical sermons. In: Mystical Anthropology in the Low Countries. Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism . Routledge, Oxford, pp. 137-151. ISBN 9781472438034

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Abstract

The St. Agnes monastery in Arnhem, inhabited by many rich and noble canonesses following the rule of St. Augustine, was an important centre in the network of renewed interest in mysticism in the sixteenth-century Low Countries. A sixteenth-century manuscript from their library contains the Arnhem mystical sermons, a collection with Middle Dutch sermons structured according to the Cycles of Seasons and the Cycle of Saints which has strong connections with the widely disseminated woman-authored Evangelical Pearl and the Temple of Our Soul. The sermons’s main focus is the mystical interpretation of the Church’s liturgy, with a strong emphasis on the events of the life and death of Christ which play an important role in the imitation of Christ. This chapter analyses the mystical anthropology of the Arnhem mystical sermons and focuses on various concepts that are used to describe the innermost being of the person. The chapter explains how these concept denote different facets of the mystical ascent towards God and how these concepts are related to the imitation of Christ and the mystical interpretation of the liturgy. In doing so, this chapter examines both the connections with fourteenth-century mystics like Eckhart and Ruusbroec, as well as the unique accentuations presented by this sixteenth-century author.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Arnhem mystical sermons, mysticism, Low Countries, Middle Ages, anthropology
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: JCS: Jesuit College of Spirituality
Depositing User: Dr Ineke Langhans-Cornet
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 00:10
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 00:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3043

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