Mystical Theology Network location:Liverpool-Hope University, Liverpool UK. date:11-13 July 2014
In the following, my primary intention is to constructively think anew the relation between a contemporary metaphysics of analogy, theology—and mystical theology, with a critical Mariology as the matrix and facilitating this encounter. This renewal is rooted in a theological intrinsicist perspective that hold's grace's asymmetrical gratuity as distinct, yet mutually inseparable from nature and humanity's natural desire for God. This De Lubacian/Ressourcement view of nature's decidedly non-neutral stance towards an immanent grace strongly needs restating. Especially in view of postmodern thinkers of difference, who in seeking to differentiate creation from the world as such so as to secure God's radically pure transcendence, such attempts have invariably returned us to an adventious, two-tiered extrincism that needs to be critiqued. Therefore, while certainly cognizant of the onto-theological critique itself and the hazards that it forewarns us of, a constructive renewal and rapprochement between a specifically creaturely metaphysics and mystical theology as the very fulfillment and flowering of the creaturely is envisioned. Specifically, this encounter is in terms of humanity's constitutive relation or union with God as essential, totalizing and inalienable to the creature and thereby ensuring its non-foundationalism. Closely following this relational anthropological view is the tradition of mystical theology's thinking of receptivity—and the Marian fiat as the very fulfillment of our creaturely being, one in which accents a strong degree of unending mutual reciprocity in this gift economy and its admirabile commericum between God and man.