Charles Taliaferro, Alison J. Teply
Title: Cambridge Platonist Spirituality (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Paulist Press October 2004
0809140381 / 9780809140381
Seller ID: 126360
This latest addition to the Classics of Western Civilization series introduces the reader to a mid-seventeenth century group of priests, theologians, philosophers and poets known as the Cambridge Platonists. Writing in a time of great political and religious conflict in England, this diverse group searched for an integrated and tolerant form of Christian spirituality. This spirituality was based on a blending of principles flowing from the philosophically-derived, generally inaccessible ''Creator'' of Plato and revelation from the personal Christian God of love and grace. Thus, a marriage of faith and reason was sought. Post seventeenth-century theology that celebrates the ''sweet reasonableness'' of the Christian faith clearly contains strong echoes of these original thinkers' work. Little regarded in modern times, this unique collection of writings -- besides being interesting in its own right -- offers a provocative model for a reconciliation of ''rationalistic'' and ''pietistic'' spiritualities, and the lines along which authentic Christian ecumenism might proceed.