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 notes that when inordinate desire has been vanquished, man can see creatures as they really are. It holds that when the cloud of forgetting has done its work perfectly, man is permitted to remember; and he is no longer warped by the ignorance of concupiscence. To look on the world and see only God as truth is the god-filled vision that the author leads. At the summit of mystical life, the soul is closely united to God that it is He who knows, acts, and loves within it. In the purified tranquility of darkness, guided by the blind stirring, the soul goes down to the center of its being to encounter God who secretly dwells in silent love.

Keywords: creation; secrecy; God; soul; mystical love

Chapter.  2240 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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