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Mapping the Tradition

Mapping the Tradition is a new series of brief, compact guides to pivotal thinkers in Christian history. Each volume focuses upon a particular figure and provides a concise but lucid introduction to the central features of each thinker’s work and sketches the lasting significance of that thinker for the history of Christian theology. As well, the series utilizes primary source works from each thinker as an entry point for exposition and exploration. Guided by leading scholars in history and theology, primary source texts are reproduced with explanatory commentary, and are accompanied by orientational essays to the context, contours, and historical and conceptual legacy of the corpus. Designed for beginning and intermediate students, as well as interested general readers, who will benefit from clear, helpful surveys of thinkers, texts, and theologies from across the epochs of Christian history and introduction to major issues and key historical and intellectual points of development. 

Series Advisor

Paul Rorem
Paul Rorem

Princeton Theological Seminary

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The Dionysian Mystical Theology
The Dionysian Mystical Theology

By Paul Rorem
Paperback
157pp
ISBN: 9781451495829
$39
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Contents
Series Introduction
Preface
Chapter 1

This book introduces the Pseudo-Dionysian "mystical theology," with glimpses at key stages in its interpretation and critical reception through the centuries.

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Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross

By Gillian T. W. Ahlgren
Paperback
194pp
ISBN: 9781506405599
$39
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Contents
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 2 excerpt

The theme of Enkindling Love is God’s desire for partnership with us. Excerpts from the seven dwelling places of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle are interspersed with brief selections from John of the Cross’s mystical trilogy, The Dark Night of the Soul, Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love, in order to show the seven stages of growth and transformation. 

Existing Before God
Existing Before God: Søren Kierkegaard and the Human Venture

By Paul R. Sponheim
Paperback
180pp
ISBN: 9781506405636
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Existing Before God introduces readers to one of the most important nineteenth century Christian thinkers, Søren Kierkegaard. In this volume, Paul R. Sponheim, unfolds Kierkegaard's Sickness unto Death— a key text outlining the problem of the human condition and the paradoxical heart of authentic Christian faith, the qualitative difference between God and creatures and its synthesis in the God-man.

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Watch series advisor Paul Rorem introduce the approach, scope, and vision behind Mapping the Tradition!

Look for more titles in this series beginning 2016!

Eras of exploration:

Early Christianity
     Irenaeus of Lyons: The Making of the Great Tradition
     Khaled Anatolios, Boston College
    
 Athanasius: Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology and Its Reception
     Thomas G. Weinandy, Dominican House of Studies, and Daniel Keating, St. Paul
     Center for Biblical Theology

     The Dionysian Mystical Theology
     Paul Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary
     John of Damascus: The Radiance of Orthodoxy
     Andrew Louth, Durham University

Medieval
     Thomas and the Thomists: The Achievement of Thomas Aquinas and his
     Interpreters

    Romanus Cessario, O.P., St. John's Seminary, and  Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., St. Joseph’s Church​, New York City 

Reformation
     Luther and Christian Freedom
     Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
     
Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross
     Gillian Ahlgren, Xavier University

Early Modern
     Existing Before God: Søren Kierkegaard and the Human Venture
     Paul R. Sponheim, Luther Seminary
     Schleiermacher: The Psychology of Christian Faith and Life
     Terrence N. Tice, University of Michigan

Modern

​Check back for more titles to be announced soon!

Books

Existing Before God
Release date: January 1, 2017

Existing Before God introduces readers to one of the most important nineteenth century Christian thinkers, Søren Kierkegaard. In this volume, Paul R. Sponheim, unfolds Kierkegaard's Sickness unto Death— a key text outlining the problem of the human condition and the paradoxical heart of authentic Christian faith, the qualitative difference between God and creatures and its synthesis in the God-man. Sponheim also draws out the connections between this text and Kierkegaard's larger theological and ethical vision, and the reception and significance of this text in the modern and contemporary theological tradition.

9781506405599
Release date: May 1, 2016

The theme of Enkindling Love is God’s desire for partnership with us. Excerpts from the seven dwelling places of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle are interspersed with brief selections from John of the Cross’s mystical trilogy, The Dark Night of the Soul, Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love, in order to show the seven stages of growth and transformation. 

Paul Rorem (Author)
Release date: September 1, 2015

This book introduces the Pseudo-Dionysian "mystical theology," with glimpses at key stages in its interpretation and critical reception through the centuries.

Updates

See the contents and sample chapter!
August 4, 2015
The contents and sample chapter are now available for The Dionysian Mystical Theology! Scroll down to see the links below on this page!
New titles are announced!
June 25, 2015
Check out the titles now announced in the Mapping the Tradition series on the page below! Look for these books starting 2016!
New video introduces Mapping the Traditions series!
April 7, 2015
What's the vision behind Mapping the Traditions series? Watch series editor Paul Rorem provide an overview of the intentions and goals of the series!