The Cloud and Christ

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:
The Cloud and Christ

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This chapter considers the relationship of the dark knowledge with the Incarnation. When the author speaks of forgetting the humanity of Christ, his primary meaning is that discursive, imaginative meditations on the life of Christ should be abandoned in favor of a dark contemplation of the Divinity concealed in the humanity. The prayer of the cloud is exemplified by Mary Magdalen. The author's teaching is based on a theology which states that in Christ, there is one person who is both man and God. In the highest mystical prayer, the humanity of Christ may be present, but the fascination of the divine may entail a temporary forgetting of the human.

Keywords: Christ; Incarnation; Mary Magdalen; mystical prayer; God; dark contemplation

Chapter.  5559 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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