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The Spiritual Senses, CUP

The Spiritual Senses, CUP

The Spiritual Senses (CUP Dec 2011), edited by Paul L. Gavrilyuk & Sarah Coakley, concerns itself with those scriptures in the bible where it a person apparently has direct contact with God through one of the five senses. You may have encountered this type of thing in worship songs but not got beyond wondering and then left it behind, unresolved. Well, just checking through the sample excerpt pdf, this looks like an interesting read, and one that could leave you theologically empowered.

Anybody feeling excluded for reasons of faith? Well, if you’re into philosophy of any sort, then I’m guessing this could be an intriguing way of getting a sideways look into how God and wo/man communicate.

Maybe it’s a bit of a punt for the price, and I have no experience of Paul L. Gavrilyuk other than checking out his details online. However, that Sarah Coakley is involved in the editorship promises good things. Her chapter in God’s Advocates makes systematic theology or rather, théologie totale, sound like a fertile area of research and relevant application. Also, it makes me keen to read the opening volume of her forthcoming systematic theology from CUP, God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’:

Sarah Coakley invites the reader to re-conceive the relation of sexual desire and the desire for God and – through the lens of prayer practice – to chart the intrinsic connection of this relation to a theology of the Trinity …

Anyway, check out the front matter of The Spiritual Senses pdf, or flick through the index pdf. Actually, now that I’ve come to take a second look I might just be able to wangle a copy for research purposes for an upcoming city project. It might even lead to re-naming this blog.

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About Christopher J
I teach English, make digital images, write and encourage others. I believe.

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