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The Blind Stirring And Christian Perfection

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/9780823220748.003.0009
The Blind Stirring And Christian Perfection

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In describing the blind stirring, reference was made by the author to its deep-rootedness in the personality. The author insists that the exercise he teaches is the normal way to Christian perfection. His doctrine is that the perfect following of Christ manifests itself in contemplation. It holds that love is an answer to God's call to perfection. The Christian life is founded on charity of which there are two kinds. The first one is symbolized by “reverent affection” mingled with consideration of God's benefits. The second one is divorced from all consideration of self and of God's benefits: it is love of God for Himself. The chapter concludes that perfect love cannot be had without the gift of contemplation.

Keywords: contemplative love; evangelical love; disciple; virtue; Christian perfection; charity

Chapter.  4043 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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