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Author of The cloud of unknowing

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Works: 18 works in 36 publications in 3 languages and 2,307 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Adapter, Other
Classifications: BV5080, 248.22
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Most widely held works by Author of The cloud of unknowing
The cloud of unknowing by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by an anonymous English monk during the late fourteenth century, The Cloud of Unknowing holds an important place in the history of both Western literature and spirituality. Though originally intended for a select audience, the work's simple, engaging style has won it widespread popularity since its rediscovery more than a century ago. The Cloud puts forth a method of contemplation that stresses the impotence of the understanding to break through the cloud of unknowing that separates God and humanity. Rather, "it is love alone that can reach God in this life". In his preface to this volume, Simon Tugwell sums up the challenge that the author of The Cloud presents us today: "If we wish to follow him, we must be prepared to be taxed to the limit. But if we have the courage and the ability to follow him, we shall not find that our efforts has been in vain."
The pursuit of wisdom, and other works( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A letter of private direction by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

5 editions published between 1965 and 1981 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of wisdom : three tracts by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

3 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of mysticism by Paul de Jaegher( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cloud of unknowing : a book of contemplation the which is called the cloud of unknowing, in which a soul is oned with God by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Evelyn Underhill's 1922 translation o fthe medieval spiritual guidebook called The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous English monk. At the core is a mystical approach to Christian prayer, in which God is found not through rote knowledge, but through 'blind love.' It has been described as Christianity with a Zen outlook. The Cloud of Unknowing draws on the emystical tradition of Pseudo-Dionysius the Arepagite and Christian Neoplatonism, which focuses on the via negativa road to discovering God as a pure entity, beyond any capacity of mental conception and so without any definitive image or form. This tradition has reputedly inspired generations of mystical searchers from John Scotus Erigena, Nicholas of Cusa, and John of the Cross, to Teilhard de Chardin (the latter two of whom may have been influenced by The Cloud itself). Prior to this, the theme of The Cloud had been in the Confessions of St. Augustine (IX, 10) written in AD 398. --
The cloud of unknowing, together with the Epistle of privy counsel by an English mystic of the XIVth century by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

1 edition published in 1952 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Cloud of unknowing ; Epistle of Privy Counsel by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

1 edition published in 1952 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

English medieval mystics : games of faith by Marion Glasscoe( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A book of contemplation, the which is called The cloud of unknowing, in the which a soul is oned with God by Author of The cloud of unknowing( Book )

1 edition published in 1956 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Thēsauros sophias : tria dokimia tēs graphidas tou viōmatikou syngraphea tou "Gnophou agnōsias" by Dionysius( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Greek, Modern and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The cloud of unknowing by Ira Progoff( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The cloud of unknowing
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The pursuit of wisdom, and other worksA letter of private directionSelfhood and "gostly menyng" in some Middle English mystics : semiotic approaches to contemplative theologyThe pastoral art of the English mystics : Julian of Norwich, the cloud of unknowing, Walter Hilton
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Cloud of unknowing

Cloud of unknowing, Author of The

English mystic of the XIVth century

Fourteenth-century English mystic

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