Book Review: The Cloud Of Unknowing

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Cloud Of Unknowing, by Anonymous

A great part of the appeal of this book to many people is trying to uncover the mystery of who wrote it.  This book is certainly a good one, and there are simply very few people in 14th century England who had the right set of qualities to write it, but for now at least the book remains formally anonymous and so once one gets tired of playing guessing games about which Carthusian monk wrote this book, one has to get around to its contents.  I have to say that I have remarkably mixed feelings about this book, particularly because of the way that the author misrepresents the biblical case concerning the active and contemplative lives [1].  One can appreciate that the author is encouraging his reader(s) to cultivate an air of contentment and a lack of the sort of ceaseless business that we…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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