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date: 16 June 2019

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Mysticism and sacramentalism were key terms for John Henry Newman, John Keble, and E. B. Pusey because they expressed their understanding of the incarnation and of the relationship of the created order to God. The term ‘mystery’ can describe both the enigmatic character of spiritual knowledge, as it is communicated in Scripture or in the Book of Nature, and the sacramental partaking of the incarnation—that is, the participation in the reality so described. The mystical was closely intertwined with the sacramental for Newman, Keble, and Pusey: the truth which was known was also the life into which one was drawn by participation, illumination, and sanctification.

Keywords: mystery, sacrament, incarnation, Scripture, analogy, creation, participation, John Keble, E. B. Pusey, John Henry Newman

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