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The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works…

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Classic, Modern, Penguin) (edition 2002)

by Anonymous, A. C. Spearing (Translator)

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Title:The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Classic, Modern, Penguin)
Other authors:A. C. Spearing (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (2002), Paperback, 208 pages
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Contains The Cloud of Unknowing, The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The Book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer. Against a tradition of devotional writings which focussed on knowing God through Christ's Passion and his humanity, these texts describe a transcendent God who exists beyond human knowledge and human language. These four texts are at the heart of medival mystical theology in their call for contemplation, calm, and above all, love, as the way to understand the Divine.
1 vote Priory | Sep 17, 2013 |
I felt an urge to reread "The Cloud of Unknowing" this Lent, so I dug out our copy and read it slowly, as one should. I found it most helpful to my efforts at contemplative prayer, filled with practical advice and simple steps one can/should take. ( )
1 vote nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
Classic mystical spirituality, a strand of the Christian tradition which has often been neglected. ( )
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This 1978 edition includes the following works: The cloud of unknowing.--The epistle of privy counsel.--Dionysius' mystical teaching.--The epistle of prayer

translated [from Middle English] into modern English with an introduction by Clifton Wolters
This 2001 edition contains the following texts:
The Mystical Theology of St Denis - The Cloud of Unknowing - The Book of Privy Counselling - An Epistle on Prayer

translated with an introduction and notes by A. C. Spearing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140443851, Mass Market Paperback)

Although the exact identity of this text's author remains obscure, he was probably an English country parson of the late 14th century. The main theme of this book is that god cannot be reached by human intellect but only by a love that can pierce the "cloud of unknowing".

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In the fourteenth century there was a great flourishing of religious writings in English, both orthodox and heretical. Many of these works focused on Christ's Passion and humanity, whereas The Cloud of Unknowingdescribes an abstract, transcendent God beyond human knowledge and human language. Drawing upon radically different traditions, it is a rich work full of intriguing contradictions that speaks to us with liveliness and wit even today. The unknown author, thought to be a priest and Carthusian monk, is also believed to have written the other three works in this volume: The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The Book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer, which, together with The Cloud of Unknowing, are the four texts at the core of medieval mystical theology. This Penguin Classics edition includes full explanatory notes, suggestions for further reading, an appendix that reproduces the Middle English text of a section of The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, and an introduction that places the texts within the context of medieval religious writing.… (more)

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