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Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life, SCOTT CAIRNS


Title:   Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Paraclete Press (MA) May 2007

ISBN Number:    1557255253 / 9781557255259

Seller ID:   93281

Not your conventional anthology of spiritual writings. The poet, convinced that 'the originals were all poetry, though they were not all verse,' has chosen to render them all verse, thus magnifying the inner meaning of texts venerated for centuries. Nor is the selection itself conventional. Sure, some of the writers you would expect: St. Paul, Augustine, Francis and Clare, Lady Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux. But Cairns gift to the reader is to bring to light relatively unknown writers like Melito of Sardis or Syncletica of Alexandria, Isaac the Syrian and Angela of Foligno, Nicephorus the Hesychast and Nil Sorsky. Likewise, he exposes the pervasive poetic beauty of writers often only considered theologians: Irenaeus, Origen, Athanasios, Ephraim the Syrian, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzos, Gregory of Nyssa, Denys the Areopagite, and more. Those who have encountered Scott Cairns' poetry will recognize in these 'translations' some of his distinctive phrases, and cadences, those who haven't will quite possibly be intrigued enough to do so. But anyone attending this collection will be introduced to or reminded of a multitude, vastly diverse in time and place, bearing common witness to the relentless and ecstatic love of God and the real possibility of our participation in it. 142 pp.

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