This dissertation suggests that Ralph Waldo Emerson’s sermons may be fruitfully read as Christian mystical texts in light of Bernard McGinn’s discussion of Western Christian mysticism. More specifically: Emerson’s sermons, read systematically with McGinn’s historical survey in mind, describe the preparation, pursuit, experience and expression of a mystical encounter with the Divine. By re-configuring McGinn’s historical snapshots into systematic searchlights, this dissertation explores and maps the mystical depths of Emerson’s sermons, combing them for elements of his mystical-theological anthropology, his mystical Christology, and his mystical homiletics. The fruit of our effort is revealed in what we will call the sublime unselfing of Emerson’s sermons.
|Contributor||Laura Dassow Walls, Research Director|
|Contributor||Cyril J. O'Regan, Research Director|
|Contributor||Ann Astell, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Kevin Grove, Committee Member|
|Degree Level||Doctoral Dissertation|
|Degree Name||Doctor of Philosophy|
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