Chapter

The Blind Stirring

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/9780823220748.003.0008
The Blind Stirring

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The work of this author is largely a eulogy of a blind stirring of love. The chapter argues that the author's words give the impression that this stirring is sometimes like a beautiful but foreign intrusion into the life the contemplative, interfering with his life, cutting him off from society, and making him a target of criticism. The discussion stresses the experimental nature of the blind stirring of love with its repercussions on the body, pointing to the belief that contemplative love enters deeply into the human psyche. The author explains that his contemplation is only a preparation for the time when body and soul will rise in “undeadliness” at the day of judgment.

Keywords: ordinary love; blind stirring; experimental nature; contemplative love; day of judgment

Chapter.  2450 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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