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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.28  suppl.11 Bloemfontein  2008


Mystical perspectives in interreligious dialogue



K. Waaijman

Prof. Titus Brandsma Institute for Spirituality, Nijmegen, and Research Fellow, Department of New Testament, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein




This article discusses the distinction that is being made between the unknowability of God, the source of all that is, and Jesus of Nazareth, the body language of God, from the view-point of spirituality with Paul's address at the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17:16-32) as point of departure. This speech virtually represents the oldest Christian interfaith meeting in which there is a dialogue between religious Athenians and Paul. The article reflects, first of all, on Paul's reaction to the questions and challenges of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in his audience that relates to this distinction. A second part will investigate the mystical unity of the unknowable God and his body language in Christ. In a third part some mystical perspectives on this distinction in Islam will be analysed.

Keywords: Spirituality, Interreligious dialogue, Nothingness, Mysticism

Trefwoorde: Spiritualiteit, Intergodsdienstige gesprek, Niksheid, Mistiek



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