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The Silent Cry

Mysticism and Resistance


Soelle, Dorothee


Fortress Press



$26.00  ($CDN)


•  ISBN: 0800632664
•  Publication Date: 2001


This major work from one of the world's best known and most widely read theologians explores the religious impulses of mysticism, the "silent cry" at the heart of all the world's religions. Soelle believes that the longing for God has never been more important than in this age of materialism and fundamentalism. Soelle's work gives theological depth, clarity, and direction to this authentic impulse. Part one, "What Is Mysticism?" explores mysticism in major religious traditions and especially in traditional Christian figures, such as Meister Eckhart. Part two, "Places of Mystical Experience," tracks the sites of mystical experience in chapters on nature, eroticism, suffering, community, and joy. Finally, Part three, "Mysticism Is Resistance," argues for the importance of mysticism in countering the destructive aspects of ego, group bias, materialism, and violence. Religion in the third millennium, Soelle argues, with either be mystical or it will be dead. Soelle's magnum opus, The Silent Cry joins deep religious knowledge and wisdom with passion for social justice in a work destined to be a classic of religious literature.


Dorothee Soelle is an activist who is also a mystic. She refuses to separate prayer and politics and stresses the redemptive possibilities in every human situation. ----Robert McAfee Brown Her writing ... has the edge and clarity of a telegram to the world ... Let me rejoice, too, in a long friendship with Dorothee. I learn from her. ----Daniel Berrigan, S.J. Soelle is one tough Christian ... a rare presence in a world Christianity because she embodies the best of classical theology, a clear grasp of our broad social crisis, a lyrical quality of expression and a determination to keep faith linked to political reality. ----Walter Brueggemann