Toward a Theology of Eros : Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline / Catherine Keller, Virginia Burrus.

New York, NY : Fordham University Press, [2009]
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What does theology have to say about the place of eroticism in the salvific transformation of men and women, even of the cosmos itself? How, in turn, does eros infuse theological practice and transfigure doctrinal tropes? Avoiding the well-worn path of sexual moralizing while also departing decisively from Anders Nygren's influential insistence that Christian agape must have nothing to do with worldly eros, this book explores what is still largely uncharted territory in the realm of theological erotics. The ascetic, the mystical, the seductive, the ecstatic-these are the places where the divine and the erotic may be seen to converge and love and desire to commingle.Inviting and performing a mutual seduction of disciplines, the volume brings philosophers, historians, biblical scholars, and theologians into a spirited conversation that traverses the limits of conventional orthodoxies, whether doctrinal or disciplinary. It seeks new openings for the emergence of desire, love, and pleasure, while challenging common understandings of these terms. It engages risk at the point where the hope for salvation paradoxically endangers the safety of subjects-in particular, of theological subjects-by opening them to those transgressions of eros in which boundaries, once exceeded, become places of emerging possibility.The eighteen chapters, arranged in thematic clusters, move fluidly among and between premodern and postmodern textual traditions-from Plato to Emerson, Augustine to Kristeva, Mechthild to Mattoso, the Shulammite to Molly Bloom, the Zohar to the Da Vinci Code. In so doing, they link the sublime reaches of theory with the gritty realities of politics, the boundless transcendence of God with the poignant transience of materiality.
Introduction: Theology and Eros after Nygren
What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Platonic Love?
Flesh in Confession: Alcibiades Beside Augustine
For the Love of God: The Death of Desire and the Gift of Life
Sexing the Pauline Body of Christ: Scriptural Sex in the Context of the American Christian Culture War
Homoerotic Spectacle and the Monastic Body in Symeon the New Theologian
Sexual Desire, Divine Desire; Or, Queering the Beguines
Feetishism: The Scent of a Latin American Body Theology
Digital Bodies and the Transformation of the Flesh
Praying Is Joying: Musings on Love in Evagrius Ponticus
Carthage Didn't Burn Hot Enough: Saint Augustine's Divine Seduction
American Transcendentalism's Erotic Aquatecture
''She Talks Too Much'': Magdalene Meditations
Ethical Desires: Toward a Theology of Relational Transcendence
New Creations: Eros, Beauty, and the Passion for Transformation
Lyrical Theology: The Song of Songs and the Advantage of Poetry
The Shulammite's Song: Divine Eros, Ascending and Descending
Suffering Eros and Textual Incarnation: A Kristevan Reading of Kabbalistic Poetics
Elliot R. Wolfson
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