If you're curious about the idea of Mary Magdalene having a real, legitimate place in orthodox Christianity without wanting to buy into a lot of -based hype, this is a good place to start. When you love someone deeply, you can choose to reveal yourself or stay within yourself. Abstract: Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity-yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. Doing this work has led me to rethinking my personal theology.
Her quotations from other authors are often taken totally out of context. To buy this book at the lowest price,. Bourgeault 2008 The Wisdom Jesus. She argues that the Mary of Bethany is in fact Mary Magdalene, or at least created to expouse upon some of her qualities. This book should be compulsory reading for any liberal Christian.
And it was just published this year, 2010, so it's pretty well up-to-date. While I like much in this book, certain things are bugging me at the end of my reading of it: The moment she mentioned, with approval, Gurdjieff, my hackles rose, even if his claim to have been taught my monks on Mount Athos is true. I recommend you buy it today, but give yourself some space to consider what you have read when you are finished. According to Bourgeault, she and Jesus were certainly intimate, but what that word means for Bourgeault is far broader and cosmically significant than what it means for most of us. Yes, Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, is making an argument about the relationship between Magdalene and Jesus, an argument that is certainly controversial, and in lesser hands has been badly distorted. We like to keep things fresh.
She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. Her source for Philip uses something called analogues rather than the standard logion, making it nearly impossible to cross reference between other interpretations. For example, she refers to numerous logions in The Gospel of Thomas that talk about singleness. I will likely re-read it many times and anticipate with each re-reading I will gain further insights. Talk about blowing things wide open! The book in it's entirety is so beautifully written.
That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Bourgeault's voice is an authentic one on the subject of Mary Magdalene. I never abandoned Christianity and have read feminist theology ever since as a way to broaden and inclusify my understanding of God. In fact, she also utilizes many commonly understood phrases and idioms that make her writing and argument more accessible. Reclaiming the path of romantic love -- The great identity theft -- The path of conscious love -- The bridal chamber -- Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the bridal chamber -- Substituted love -- Mary Magdalene as unitive wisdom.
I never get the sense that she has an agenda but that she is following her heart in union with God. Bourgeault's voice is an authentic one on the subject of Mary Magdalene. Two minute apologetics below are some quick answers to frequently asked questions faqs that catholics get what does the word apologetics mean. Furthermore, I find it irksome the absence of routine recognition, that any english-language translation of the bible eons from the original arabic or hebrew word. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. It seems that she has a very definite agenda in writing this book and she is going to take whatever sources she needs to fit her agenda, regardless of how obscure or radical, and regardless of whether or not she has to take their writings out of context. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine.
The jury is still out. Book Summary: The title of this book is The Meaning of Mary Magdalene and it was written by. Bourgeault is ultra-conscientious about characterizing speculations as just that, while also providing careful, considered justifications and rationale for doing so. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. I sense an energetic symbiosis of your mind and hers until I am not sure who is speaking and that is the amazing anamnesis you have achieved. I have read her book on Centering Prayer 8 times , The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Wisdom Jesus 5 times , Mystical Hope, Love is stronger than Death, and now Mary Magdalene. This book will be a welcome relief for those who have difficulty in reconciling their sexuality with their spirituality.
While it is all well and good that erotic love can, if present, be sublimated or otherwise turned to the good, too often that energy is simply not present. There is much to commend this book. Cynthia Bourgeault is both smart and heartful, as well as unafraid to say what she thinks, no matter how many people she may offend or unsettle and though I don't know much about institutional Christianity, I imagine there are many folks who consider themselves Christian who'd find themselves somewhere on the scale from startled to appalled by this book. Best of all the insight from this book presents information that can help me live more fully into my faith. Having read a number of her other books I knew I could look forward to fascinating and informative material presented in a lively and engaging mode. I am a middle aged male from the Roman Catholic tradition and Cynthia Bourgeault is my spiritual guide. She makes references to the gospel writings that can't be found.