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Free download ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ì A. Spearing Contains The Cloud of Unknowing Epub #218 of Unknowing The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis The Book of Privy Counselling The Cloud Kindle and An Epistle on Prayer Against a tradition of devotional. There are a number of different translations of this surprisingly perhaps very English Medieval text on the market What it shares with Julian of Norwich is in fact a kind of Englishness of spirit that is rarely acknowledged; you have to perhaps go back through the beautiful ‘Piers Ploughman’ to the Anglo Saxon ‘Dream of the Rood’ to recover that flavor In fact it was Denys Turner’s brilliant book on Julian that prompted me to try it and part of the power is in the language Language in fact forms a key issue in the very readable and illuminating introduction but it raises a perennial uestion to what extent can a modern translator both access and replicate the ‘sound’ of the original and the language of Chaucer’s time is neither strange nor incomprehensible it is just that it is unfamiliarSo what have we got It opens a translation from Dionys the Aperogite or ‘The Mystical Theology of St Dennis’ which establishes the basic conceptual foundation stone for the ‘Cloud’ There are two approaches to understanding God one is to take the kataphatic approach that the knowledge of God is revealed by what he has created an approach adopted beautifully by many of the Psalms; the other approach the apophatic approach is that God is so totally unknowable that we cannot say anything about him; the former is affirmative the latter reductive The approach of the latter is also found in Plotinus and is perhaps exemplified in the approach of St John of the Cross with the Via Negato which is not to suggest that they are mutually exclusive and in fact the contrast has been likened to the Mary or Martha debate ‘The Cloud’ which to describe over simply is a manual for the practice of contemplation is followed by a text on perhaps general advice One has to bear in mind that what the religious the author is believed to have been a Carthusian Priest writing in English – and that raises uestions who remained anon is that for the Medieval religious the boundary between what we would call prayer and what we might call contemplation did not exist; and they were only the guidelines established by the earlier Desert FathersOne of the interesting things about ‘The Cloud’ is that in a way it continues with a Platonic thread from Plato to Plotinus to Proclus to Denys – a Christian student of Proclus Auinas concerned as he was about the purity of doctrine was concerned about the Greek element he discerned in the writings of Denys but that concern is no different from the concern of the early Islamic Theologians as to the influence coming from outside of the prophetic tradition which in their view really began with Adam That is in a way a by the way This is a lovely translation that is as illuminating as it is perhaps practical and its in a Penguin

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Download The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics) 108 º ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics) Author A. Spearing – Danpashley.co.uk Contains The Cloud of Unknowing The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis The Book of Privy Counselling and An Epistl Unknowing and Other ePUB #224 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. Powerful religious read

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