Chapter

General Conclusion

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/9780823220748.003.0020
General Conclusion

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The principal point made in this book is that the author's doctrine leads to a form of prayer that is no more than an intensification of the ordinary Christian life. The first part of the book examined his enigmatic sentence from Dionysius that “the most godly knowing of God is that which is known by unknowing”. The second part of the book dealt with the “blind stirring of love” that burns mystically at a deep level of personality. The third part examined the purificatory aspect of the two clouds: forgetting and unknowing. The fourth part explored the union with oneself and with God. This chapter concludes that the author's contemplation is one way to perfection—and an ordinary way; but it is not the only way.

Keywords: prayer; Christian life; Dionysius; unknowing; blind stirring; forgetting; love; contemplation

Chapter.  4162 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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