God and Creature

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:
God and Creature

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In discussing the doctrine of mystical union, the author teaches various degrees of union with God according to the state of sinner, active and contemplative. Most basic of these is the union of God with the sinner. Upon this basic union with God, common to saint and sinner, the author builds his claims. The discussion then considers the next stages: active and contemplative. The union of God with the active is effected by grace building upon nature. The union with the contemplative is done by love building upon nature and grace. The perfection of man is achieved by a succession of divine gifts that complement one another, blending together to transform man into the image of God.

Keywords: degrees of union; nature; grace; sinner; saint; active union; contemplative union

Chapter.  4857 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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