Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Merkur on the Problem of Theosophy for Christian Mysticism

The basic problem was theosophy. The transcendent monotheisms of Islam and Judaism permitted theosophy to become dominant trends in Sufism and the kabbalah, but the Christian doctrine of the incarnation was unable to accommodate a theosophical approach to mysticism. The uniqueness of Christ could not readily be reconciled with a theosophy that comprehended the whole of creation as a series of hypostases. For Christ to be the only begotten son of God, his hypostatic union had to be unique. Hypostases could not be universal phenomena, as they are in Ismai'ilism, Sufism, and the kabbalah.
Gnosis, An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions, p.240

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