Written by an anonymous English monk during the late fourteenth century, The Cloud of Unknowing puts forth a method of contemplation that stresses the importance of the understanding to break through the cloud of unknowing that separates God and humanity. This work is useful for understanding the various streams of thought regarding mysticism in church history.
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James Walsh is a translator who has also worked on a Paulist Press edition of The Cloud of Unknowing.