Journal Article

Silence and Spiritual Experience in Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Claudel

Angelo Caranfa

in Literature and Theology

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 187-210
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/18.2.187
Silence and Spiritual Experience in Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Claudel

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The purpose of the essay, Silence and Spiritual Experience in Augustine, Denys, and Claudel, is to illustrate the experience of God from the harmonious unity or complementarity of the theological approach, as in Augustine and Dionysius, and the literary or poetic, as in Paul Claudel. The spiritual experience that Augustine and Dionysius convey to us is admirably evoked by Claudel in his poetic art. By meditating on Claudel's beautiful images, we can arrive at the experience of the Imageless One or God. Claudel's self-transformation takes place when he withdraws his ‘senses from the outside objects’; then he discovers, as does Augustine and Dionysius, his essential and original being, which is participation in, or communion with, God.

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