Chapter

The Cloud Of Unknowing

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780823220748
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0004
The Cloud Of Unknowing

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This chapter examines the meaning of the cloud and the dark knowledge it symbolizes. Mystical knowledge is dark, obscure, and found in a cloud. The author explains that the cloud he speaks of is a mystical grace in which the faculties are impeded and the soul rests silently in God. The discussion suggests that the cloud of unknowing is the dark and obscure knowledge and love that fills the mind of the contemplative, when void of images and discursive reasoning. It rests silently in God in mystical sleep. Separated from any human consideration, this knowledge finds God's truth in His revelation in Christ. From this knowledge rises a love that touches the very essence of God, bringing a higher form of wisdom.

Keywords: dark knowledge; mystical knowledge; cloud of unknowing; mystical sleep; love

Chapter.  5738 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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