Bernard McGinnUniversity of Chicago
Open to current university students and faculty. Others interested in participating should contact us. Copies of the readings, including Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense (Paulist Press, 1981) will be provided to those who register.
In this one-off seminar, participants will read and discuss the writings of late medieval German mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327) with Bernard McGinn, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School and leading expert on the history of Christian spirituality and mysticism.
Session 1. An Introduction to Eckhart
- “Introductions” in The Essential Sermons, pp. 5-61
- German Sermon 52 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 199-203
- The Sequence “Granum sinapis” (Handout)
Session 2. Eckhart on Justice
- German Sermon 6 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 185-189
- Commentary on the Gospel of John, “Prologue” nn. 1-‐‑23 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 122-129
Session 3. Eckhart on Intellect
- Latin Sermon XXIX, in Meister Eckhart, Teacher and Preacher, pp. 223-26
- Question 1, in Meister Eckhart, Parisian Questions and Prologues, pp. 43-50
9:00am Coffee & Tea
9:30am Session 1
10:45am Session 2
12:00pm Session 3
1:00pm End, optional lunch served
Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about the history of apocalyptic thought, spirituality, and mysticism. McGinn's many books include Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil, The Presence of God, a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism, and most recently Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae: A Biography.