The structure of this work is quite simple, and its goal simpler still. If it convinces you to read Emile Mersch's The Theology of the Mystical Body it will have served a useful purpose. If it shows something of his genius, that would be even better, and if it allows you a glimpse of the mystery of the whole Christ, that would be what Mersch had always worked for. Chapter 1 looks at Mersch's life and writings and the tragic circumstances that overtook him and his final manuscript of The Theology of the Mystical Body. Chapter 2 examines the contents of that book. Chapter 3 tries to penetrate Mersch's deep philosophical vision which embraces: a. the unity of the human spirit with the universe, which could deepen the foundations of a philosophy of ecology and a creation oriented spirituality. b. the unity of the human race which allows the most intense personalism to live in harmony with community. c. the natural end of humanity which can throw an unexpected light on Eastern mysticism. Chapter 4 examines the heart of Mersch's theological vision, which is the very consciousness of the humanity of Jesus. This was an attempt at what Mersch calls a meta-metaphysics, or an ontology of the supernatural firmly centered on Christ in whom all the mysteries of Christianity take on their fullness of meaning. Chapters 5 through 8 apply Mersch's vision to a variety of theological questions: creating a new theological foundation for mystical theology, creation and original sin, the supernatural, and Christian knowledge.
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