This book charts the borderline between the nocturnal side of mysticism and the luminous side of death and it illuminates their paradoxical affinities. Within a culture of both denial and despair, it affirms the reality but not the finality of death. If what the generations have called the mystery of death is "the last enemy," a still more mysterious mysticism would anticipate, illuminate and disarm it, issuing in what "eyes have not seen, ears have not heard. " This work is contemporary in that it represents a creative and original appropriation of tradition, is spiritually more mystical than devotional—and is ecumenically conversant with and sensitive to the great religious traditions.
Christopher Nugent is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Colloquy of Poissy: A Study in Sixteenth-Century Ecumenism, and Masks of Satan: The Demonic in History.
"This book illuminates the mysterious affinity between mysticism and death. There are many books today on death and dying, but none like this one. " — Bernadette Roberts