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:

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This chapter presents some general conclusions about the cloud and about the phrase that “the most godly knowledge of God is that which is known by unknowing”. The author divides knowledge into two categories. The first is conceptual knowledge, that of discursive reasoning and logical thinking central to all scholastic thought. The second is contemplative knowledge, that which takes place at the deeper level of personality. The most important thing for the author is that knowledge should be penetrated by the grace of God. Divorced from concepts and reasoning, faith and love grow in strength and reach their perfection. The chapter concludes that his doctrine is an accurate and personal expression of Christian mystical theology.

Keywords: cloud; conceptual knowledge; contemplative knowledge; reasoning; theology; faith

Chapter.  1873 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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