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Complete Cloud of Unknowing, with the Letter of Privy Counsel

 Complete Cloud of Unknowing, with the Letter of Privy Counsel
This book is central to the Christian mystical tradition. It reveals God as being on an entirelty different plane of existence, to the extent that time-bound human language is inadequate to describe him exhaustively or accurately. The discovery of God can only come about through a "lance of longing love".
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ISBN/EAN: 9781612616209
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Publisher: Paraclete Press
Author: Fr. John Julian (Translator)
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This book was written to a young man of 24yrs who has just become a lay brother, that is, a retainer for the monks who therefore committed himself to live under less stringent vows in a separate community building usually attached to the gate house of the monastery. He may well have been contemplating becoming a monk himself. There was probably a liaison between the recipient and the author of the work. The commentary sets out probable background and influences on the work, and provides comments from the translator (from Middle English to Modern English). The author asserts that intellect and emotion both fail in seeking God, who can only be encountered by rejecting all common earthly means in a 'cloud of unknowing' that can only be pierced with a lance of longing love.
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