The Bible, Theology & Religion Lecture Series: Professor Andrew Prevot

Date & Time:
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soda Activity Center: Moraga Room, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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"The Grace of Divine Union"

In this lecture, Professor Andrew Prevot (Boston College) shares some new research about the reception of Christian mysticism in contemporary theology and philosophy. He argues that certain postmodern discourses about the ethical significance of "immanence" and "alterity"--that is, the inner experience of the flesh and the self's porosity to the other--can be traced back to mystical sources in the Christian tradition, and in this way reconnected with Christian theology. Nevertheless, he suggests that a problem arises insofar as these discourses weaken their traditional moorings in the Christian doctrine of grace, which teaches that the "mystical" is not merely a characteristic of subjectivity and relationality but an immeasurably wondrous gift of union with God. If this gift is real, then the conditions of postmodern ethics are fulfilled, but also life itself receives new meaning. The quotidian becomes a dwelling place for the eternal.
(Sponsored by The Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture & Action)


Father David Gentry-Akin (, Program Coordinator

Andrew Prevot