Hans Gustafson proposes pansacramentalism as preserving strength for locating the divine in all issues and all issues within the divine, which consists of major inherent interreligious implications--especially for doing theology. Presupposing the problem of doing theology divorced from spirituality (lived spiritual experience), he offers pansacramentalism as a bridge among the 2. In so doing, Gustafson deals a historical past of spirituality and sketches the principles of a classical method of sacramentality (through Aquinas) and a latest method of an identical (through Rahner and Chauvet).
By featuring 3 attention-grabbing case reviews, this booklet deals specific circumstances of sacramentality in lived non secular event (i.e., sacramental spirituality). those case reports draw on Thomas Merton and position, Nicholas Black Elk and a number of non secular identification, and Fyodor Dostoevsky and Wendell Berry and literature.
The e-book culminates through a) developing a philosophy of sacramental mediation and criteriology of sacrament, b) enticing panentheism and the soreness of God and global, and c) offering "panentheistic pansacramentalism" as a brand new version for knowing the divine-world courting set within the context of a pansacramental theology of spiritual pluralism.
Finally, a mode for doing theology interreligiously is available according to the general content material of the e-book and in the context of the interdisciplinary box of interreligious studies.
"To the non secular international that has lengthy suffered the break up of theology and spirituality, Gustafson bargains a truly unique and extremely persuasive try and reunite the 2 by way of a pansacramental method, a liturgical mediation among the 2, and offers, within the procedure, a wealth of insights from Aquinas, Rahner, Chauvet, Merton, Nicholas Black Elk, Dostoevsky, and Wendell Berry. It allows us to 'find God in all issues' in a fashion open to panentheistic sensibility and non secular pluralism. I heartily suggest the book."
--Anselm ok. Min, Professor of faith, division of faith, Claremont Graduate University
"Enough authors have bemoaned the dying of theology; it is time now to midwife her rebirth. during this journey de strength, Gustafson unleashes the deeper meanings of image and sacrament to reunite theological mirrored image and religious dwelling. Deeply Christian and deeply interreligious, his pansacramentalism destabilizes conventional dichotomies and considerably expands the area of the sacred. A must-read for all who're drawn to the way forward for confident theology."
--Philip Clayton, writer of Transforming Christian Theology
"The theological vistas opened via twentieth-century advancements within the idea of sacramentality have nonetheless in basic terms began to be explored. on condition that, as Hans Gustafson aptly avers, sacramentality involves the assembly of human particularity (spirituality) and divine universality (theology), every one new new release needs to begin afresh, seriously construction on previous scholarship whereas bringing new human assets to endure. Gustafson monitors mind, ardour, and reverence for traditions during this new finished, interdisciplinary contribution."
--Bruce T. Morrill, SJ, Vanderbilt University
Hans S. Gustafson is the affiliate director of the Jay Phillips heart for Interfaith studying on the college of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and the varsity of Saint Benedict/Saint John's collage (Minnesota) the place he teaches within the theology departments.