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Title: The Significance of Ruusbroec's Mystical Theology
Author(s): McGINN, Bernard
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 31 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2006
This essay seeks to evaluate the impact of the thought of Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381) in the history of Western Christian mysticism. Like all mystics, Ruusbroec was shaped by both the long mystical tradition, as well as by the historical context in which he found himself. A survey of three important aspects of this context is followed by an analysis of four essential themes of Ruusbroec’s mystical theology: the proper understanding of mystical union; the role of the Trinity; essential love; and the “common life.” The essay concludes with a brief sketch of major moments in the reception of Ruusbroec’s writings down through the seventeenth century and some reflections on his lasting significance.