Darkness of God

Negativity in Christian Mysticism

by Denys Turner;


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Darkness of God

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For the medieval mystical tradition, the Christian soul meets God in a 'cloud of unknowing', a divine darkness of ignorance. This meeting with God is beyond all knowing and beyond all experiencing. Mysticisms of the modern period, on the contrary, place 'mystical experience' at the centre, and contemporary readers are inclined to misunderstand the medieval tradition in 'experientialist' terms. Denys Turner argues that the distinctiveness and contemporary relevance of medieval mysticism lies precisely in its rejection of 'mystical experience', and locates the mystical firmly within the grasp of the ordinary and the everyday. The argument covers some central authorities in the period from Augustine to John of the Cross.

Darkness of God by Denys Turner was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in November 2009. The ISBN for Darkness of God is 9780511583131.

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Page last updated 2nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (November 2009)
ISBN9780511583131
ISBN-100511583133
Product Code4491717
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