The Darkness of God
Negativity in Christian Mysticism
By (author) Denys Turner
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Darkness of God by Denys Turner
Book DescriptionFor 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521645614
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Denys Turner
Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae, Paperback (June 2016)
This Companion offers an accessible, comprehensive guide to the contents, context, and enduring influence of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae.
Thomas Aquinas, Paperback (July 2014)
Leaving so few traces of himself behind, Thomas Aquinas seems to defy the efforts of the biographer. What can be discovered about this man, his mind, and his soul? In this short, compelling portrait, the author clears away the haze of time and brings Thomas vividly to life for contemporary readers.
Julian of Norwich, Theologian, Paperback (August 2013)
For centuries readers have comfortably adopted Julian of Norwich as simply a mystic. In this book, the author argues that this fourteenth-century thinker's sophisticated approach to theological questions places her legitimately within the pantheon of other great medieval theologians, including Thomas Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bonaventure.
Silence and the Word, Paperback (June 2008)» View all books by Denys Turner
Studies the history of apophasis and examines its relationship with secular philosophy.
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