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Accomplishing One's Essence: The Role Of Meditation In The Theology Of Gabriel Biel

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Gabriel Biel considers meditation as well as prayer and contemplation spiritual exercises performed under the aid of divine grace and proving their efficacy through the inner change of the human being towards a complete union with God. Biels mysticism is not much mentioned in the secondary literature. And even less is imparted on his view regarding meditation. Biels work being so much connected in the scholarly discussion with Nominalism on one side and with the devotio moderna on the other side, this apparent lack of interest in Biels views on mysticism in general and on meditation in particular may be partly attributed to the common presupposition that Nominalism and mysticism must be mutually exclusive.

Keywords: Gabriel Biel; role of meditation; union with God



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