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Necessity Of Purification

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/9780823220748.003.0013
Necessity Of Purification

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The aim of life, to know and love God, cannot be achieved without a twofold unity: union in oneself such that all faculties are in harmony, and union with God. However, this union cannot be realized by the unaided effort of man because of the sin of Adam who fell from the unifying grace of contemplation. In the resulting disorder, reason is blinded, the will is fascinated by evil, and imagination and sensuality are no longer subjected to the higher powers. Order can only be restored when the rule of reason is once more established. This chapter argues that man is unified when reason, subject to God, is in tranquil command of all the other faculties. The restoration of man has been made possible though the Passion of Christ.

Keywords: purification; original sin; Adam; union; restoration; God; Christ

Chapter.  4776 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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