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date: 02 June 2020

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Access to the ‘notion’ of ‘the mystical’ is treated by many as problematic in an age of scepticism. For a tradition that reverences sacred mystery, and for a discipline like theology—that processes both from and toward this mystery—this scepticism issues an epistemological challenge to the credibility, even the possibility of the discipline itself. In a manner not unlike phenomenology, while unable to speak of the ineffable, theology can reveal that which shows itself whilst nevertheless remaining unsayable. While there are myriad reasons why these disciplines cannot simply be collapsed, there is nevertheless a kind of mutual relationship possible between phenomenology and mystical theology, in which both are increasingly opened to the phenomenality of the mystical, perhaps even to the point of redefining our notions of mystery.

Keywords: philosophy, phenomenology, theology, mystery, revelation, phenomenality, mystical theology

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