Composed during a critical time in the evolution of European intellectual life, the works of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327) are some of the most powerful medieval attempts to achieve a synthesis between ancient Greek thought and the Christian faith.
Writing with great rhetorical brilliance, Eckhart combines the neoplatonic concept of oneness - the idea that the ultimate principle of the universe is single and undivided - with his Christian belief in the Trinity, and considers the struggle to describe a perfect God through the imperfect medium of language.
Fusing philosophy and religion with vivid originality and metaphysical passion, these works have intrigued and inspired philosophers and theologians from Hegel to Heidegger and beyond.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, bibliography, notes
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/08/1994
- Category: Christian mysticism
- ISBN: 9780140433432
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Review by PollyMoore3
The Talks of Instruction that Eckhart gave to his student monks around 1300 are about how to be a Christian, and are just as practical and relevant in the 21st century. Don't be concerned about following a particular way, as all good ways are of God. If you stop worrying about yourself and your life, God will enter in by the space that is left, and fill it. Develop the habit of seeing God in all things, for "whoever truly possesses God in the right way, possesses him in all places: on the street, in any company, as well as in a church or a remote place." If I had to have only one spiritual guide beside the Bible, this is it: robust, genial, authoritative, humane.