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  • Paperback
  • 138 pages
  • Naked Faith
  • Elain A. Heath
  • English
  • 06 October 2016
  • 9781556359750

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  1. James Pedlar James Pedlar says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this book Palmer had a massive influence in Wesleyan circles and beyond in the nineteenth century but as Heath notes she has been largely forgotten or marginalized – even within her own tradition She certainly hasn’t been taken seriously as a theologian though Thomas Oden sounded an enthusiastic call for the retrieval of her voice in his introduction to the collection of her writings he edited for publication Phoebe Palmer Selected Writings New York Paulist 1988 John Farina general editor of the series “Sources of American Spirituality” of which the Oden volume was a part briefly located Palmer in “that great mystical stream that runs like a golden river down through the ages” in his general introduction to the book noting especially the interest in Catherine of Genoa in Palmer’s circles Heath has taken up this idea and written a book that attempts to both offer an interpretation of Palmer’s thought as an expression of mystical theology and to hold out “Saint Phoebe” as a guide for the renewal of contemporary MethodismPalmer for her part would have resisted the “mystical” label but Heath shows through a discussion of the mystical tradition that Palmer’s resistance was really to the antinomian perversions of the mystical tradition which she encountered 35ff Heath identifies mysticism as “the radically transformative experience of the Divine that is described by the great Christian mystics and saints throughout the ages” 41 She also notes that genuine Christian mysticism will be Trinitarian ecclesial and transformational 42While a great deal could be said about the reception of mysticism in Protestant circles and the degree to which John Wesley himself embraced some aspects of mystical theology at various points in his life Heath deals with these issues I was particularly taken by the way in which she connected mysticism with Christian missionFor Palmer the primary way this was expressed was in her own calling to a ministry of preaching and teaching which followed immediately upon her “day of days” experience of sanctification Her profound mystical experience then became the source of an unprecedented for a woman ministry which had massive influence on the history of the Methodist Holiness and Pentecostal traditions Even those experiences of “union” with God that make some Protestants nervous Heath contends impel the mystic to service rather than retreat from the world as many suppose“The fruit of unitive experiences is a powerful desire in the mystic to help all people experience salvation and sanctification This desire partly originates in visions of the mysic being made one with the Trinity whose goal in the church is to seek and to save the lost Thus the life of the mystic increasingly becomes one of humble service in the world” 59Heath also carefully distinguishes problematic mystical “uietism” from a healthy sense of “uiet” an active passivity that bears fruit in missional activity“The result of true mystical passivity is an increase of strength and spiritual energy an increase of love for God and neighbour so that the individual is increasingly alive to God in the community and world as the process of passivity progresses” 75Interestingly in some other reading I recently found Henri Nouwen making a similar claim “Mysticism is the opposite of withdrawal from the world Intimate union with God leads to the most creative involvement in the contemporary world” The Genesee Diary 155Heath’s work seems to break new ground on several fronts a sustained interpretation of Palmer as a mystical theologian a retrieval of her theology by distinguishing it from the ways in which it was distorted by her later followers and a contribution to research into the mystical aspect of Wesleyan spirituality – and I could go onI think it is particularly important as a contribution to contemporary discussions of the “missional” character of the church I’ve sometimes worried in the past that some strands of missional thinking are anti ecclesial and create a false dichotomy between the church’s inner life thinking here in terms of spirituality and its mission In other words the church is not only sent into the world but also gathered together and it is in the gathering that we are centred on the particular identity of the God of the gospel who then sends us out Heath’s work on mysticism and mission helps to bridge this perceived gap between “inner” life its fruit in “outward” activity There is a strong connection between the arguments in this book and the account of the new monasticism in Longing for Spring which Heath co wrote with Scott Kisker see my review here I still need to do some further reading of my own on mystical spirituality as it is not an area with which I’m familiar but my initial reaction to Heath’s work on Palmer is to give it a hearty endorsement This review is copied from my blog

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Naked Faith[PDF / Epub] ☆ Naked Faith By Elain A. Heath – Description Now and then through the history of the church a great light appears a prophet who calls the church back to its missional vocation These reformers are lovers of God mystics whose lives are Description Now and then through the history of the church a great light appears a prophet who calls the church back to its missional vocation These reformers are lovers of God mystics whose lives are utterly given to the divine vision Yet as Jesus noted a prophet is often without honor among her own people In the case of Phoebe Palmer honor was lost posthumously for within a few decades after her death her name all but disappeared Palmer's sanctification theology was separated from its apophatic spiritual moorings even as her memory was lost Throughout most of the twentieth century her name was virtually unknown among Methodists To this day the Mother of the Holiness Movement still awaits her place of recognition as a Christian mystic eual to Catherine of Siena Teresa of Avila or Therese of Lisieux This book locates Palmer's life and thought within the great Christian mystical traditions identifying her importance within Methodism and the church universal It also presents a Wesleyan theological framework for understanding and valuing Christian mysticism while connecting it with the larger mystical traditions in Catholic Anglican and Orthodox communions While Palmer was a powerful revivalist in her own day in many ways she could be the patron saint for contemporary Methodists who are drawn to the new monasticism and who long for the renewal of the church Saint Phoebe is precisely the one who can help Methodists envision new forms of Christian community mission and witness in a postmodern world Endorsements Through her perceptive and balanced retrieval of the Christian mystical tradition Elaine Heath challenges us all with a superbly argued and persuasive presentation of Phoebe Palmer as a major mystical theologian within the Methodist and Wesleyan traditions one who is a rich gift to the church catholic as a whole William Thompson Uberuaga Duuesne University Heath's giftedness as a scholar and teacher of Christian faith and practice are clear in this work The recovery of Phoebe Palmer as mystic and prophet within a Wesleyan theological frame offers an important contribution to both scholars within theological education and the church This text is remarkably multi faceted in the accessible way it complicates previous categories allowing the past to inform faithful Christian witness in the twenty first century Laceye Warner Duke University Divinity School Elaine Heath herself says it best 'Saint Phoebe is precisely the one who can help Methodists envision new forms of Christian community mission and witness in a postmodern world' Indeed Phoebe Palmer can also help Methodists recover ancient forms of Christian community mission and witness This book is about than Phoebe Palmer Heath restores to us our apophatic and mystical theological foundations carried by Palmer's theology as the fertile soil for growing new faith forms that can bear much fruit Amy G Oden Wesley Theological Seminary About the Contributors Elaine A Heath is Assistant Professor of Evangelism in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas She is the author of The Mystic Way of Evangelism .