Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 1999.
Book — xiv, 197 p. ; 25 cm.
Part 1 Julian of Norwich and autobiography: a voice
perspectives - intrinsic autobiographicality
telling the tale - formal autobiographicality
implications of autobiography. Part 2 A journey into Christ: the pre-visionary Julian
His Body, the Church
"one new man". Part 3 Incarnation I - a lord and a servant: sin and blame
the lord and the servant - Julian's primary experience. Part 4 Incarnation II - the city of God: the personal as the universal
the individual's substantial union with God
faith and the inner drama of salvation
the womb of this life
Christ the mother
incarnation and autobiography. Part 5 Interiority and the pastoral dimension: interiority
the interiority of God
the interiority of creation
human interiority - Christ and sacrament
the Virgin Mary
the pastoral dimension
the authority of experience
contemplative praxis and discretion
fear and love.
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Julian's Revelationsis remarkable for its theological breadth and boldness, and for its sympathetic awareness of the demands of life as lived. Yet Julian was not a theologian, but a lay person writing out of her personal experience. This study seeks to present a rounded view of her writing by considering the implications of the autobiographical in relation to the theological and vice versa. It explores the relationship between Julian's predicament as a writer who must derive her authority from experience rather than ecclesiastical office and the precise character of her theology as it issues from that predicament; it argues that Julian's mature writing, by integrating notions of creation, incarnation, ecclesiology and personal spirituality in a single coherent vision, achieves a vigorous affirmation of the person as such in the sustaining context of the Church. CHRISTOPHER ABBOTTgained his Ph. D. from the University of Manchester. (source: Nielsen Book Data)