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Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

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The Cloud of Unknowing was the work of an unknown 14th-century English writer with a powerful message of God's unconditional love in the face of despair. Johnston's theological treatment of this and other works by the same writer makes a conscious comparison with Oriental ways of contemplation.
Paperback, 285 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Fordham University Press (first published 1975)
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Stewart Dorward
Oct 26, 2011 Stewart Dorward rated it really liked it
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Not a book to start your journey with but a good one to explain what you experience along the way. William Johnston wrote many books on the theme of contemplative Christianity and is also able to sympathetically highlight similarities / important differences between the Christian and Buddhist traditions in this area. I especially liked his analogy that in silent wordless prayer, whether of the 'Cloud' type or plain sitting in zazen, that the person or hardware is doing the same thing but the rea ...more
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An anonymous author possibly by an English Cistercian monk in the late 14thC written to advance our vocation with exercises to follow. My essay in Spirituality/ Grad Dip in Theol. Made me strive more to be closer to God to have that transcendent connection. The four degrees and forms of Christian life: ordinary, special, singular and perfect. To seek the Lord's mercy and grace to listen to His call in leading us back to Him by the desire of our heart. We are exhorted to humility, as the foundati ...more
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Jul 26, 2008 Frank rated it it was amazing
The book The Cloud of Unknowing is a classic of early English literature. The unknown author, a contemplative, sees prayer as going into cloud of unknowing while pushing everything else into a cloud of forgetting. Johnston takes that book and explores the mysticism of the book. It is a wonderful help to anyone who has read the book Cloud of Unknowning.
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William Johnston, a Jesuit missionary living in Japan, has extensive knowledge both of Western spirituality and mysticism and also, through his experiences in Japan, of Eastern spirituality and mysticism, especially Zen Buddhism.

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