Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr

Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr

by Matthew Lewis Sutton


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Adrienne von Speyr was one of the most important mystical theologians of the last century. However, her work has been eclipsed in many ways by her personal connection to Hans Urs von Balthasar. Heaven Opens provides one of the first comprehensive accounts of von Speyrs theology.

Matthew Lewis Sutton argues that the eternal, immanent relations of the Triune God ground the mystical theological vision of von Speyr. Here, von Speyrs work is for the first time given an independent hearing, expositing its content, features, and connections, and assessing its contribution to contemporary Catholic theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451473018
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matthew Lewis Sutton is assistant professor of systematic theology at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chronology of Adrienne Von Speyr xiii

Abbreviations of Adrienne Von Speyr's Works xv

1 Encountering Adrienne Von Speyr 1

2 Trinitarian Mysticism as an Opening of Heaven 37

3 Trinitarian Mysticism in the Drama of Redemption 61

4 Original Image of the Always-Greater God 87

5 Love Theology of the Immanent Trinity 103

6 Obedience and Mission 127

7 The Son's Mission of Obedience 147

8 The Holy Spirit's Mission of Obedience 189

9 The Trinitarian Origin of the Sacraments 209

10 The Trinitarian Origin of Prayer 225

11 "Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates" 235

Bibliography 245

Index of Names 267

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