Knowledge And Love (II)

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:
Knowledge And Love (II)

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This chapter argues that the contemplative, after long exercise in meditation and discretion, abandons clear and distinct knowledge to be guided by a love that finds a new and superior knowledge. This is the wisdom which is the gift of the Holy Spirit. As love finds wisdom, wisdom leads to deeper love. This is the ordinary apophatic doctrine of the darkness of faith and the light of love, described well by Maritain. Yet apophatic mysticism never finds, in this life, pure brightness. In this light of this love, when it burns at the level of white heat giving discretion and intuitive certainty about the things of God, it blinds even more the faculties of the soul which continues to walk in pure darkness.

Keywords: wisdom; apopathic mysticism; love; contemplation

Chapter.  2384 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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