By Jean Danielou, Walter Roberts Jr
"My plan during this book," writes Father Danielou, the eminent French theologian, "is to not checklist what I say of God, yet what God has stated of Himself… to put religions and philosophies, the previous testomony and the hot, theology and mysticism, of their right dating with the data of God." God and the methods of realizing is a vintage paintings of theology and spirituality that offers a refined and penetrating interpretation of the methods in which guy involves the data of God—each type of wisdom sporting him either better and deeper.
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It appears in a world where the optimism of cosmic religion has run foul of the reality of evil. It is the counterpart of cosmic religion. All the sacred things that adorned the cosmic temple are no more than the sordid utensils of the cosmic prison. The household gods of polytheism become ferocious demons. Dualism is the expression of a guilty conscience, and it brings with it the hope ofsalvation. That is what gives it such a profoundly human resonance. It is the simplest and clearest reply to the mystery of evil.
In this perspective, God is not really transcendent, since nothing is distinct from him. He is the fundamental identity beneath apparent multiplicity. md biblical mysticism. For cosmic mysticism, the temptation is pantheism, which makes the soul believe that it is fundamentally divine. Henceforth the mystical struggle is to detach this basis of the soul, which is God himself, from all that covers and obscures it. But to find God is merely to find the divine in oneself. On the other hand, for biblical mysticism God is utterly inaccessible, separated from man by his tundamental transcendence.
J J See Charlotte Vaudeville, Etudes sur les sources et la composition du Ramayana de Tulsi-Das, 19S5. The God of the Religions 35 Uut to be precise-and this is what Ori~en replies to ( :clsus 3 2 - t h e mistake is to take them for gods. md forests, watch over families and cities, protect the young ('hild, and lead souls to Paradise. But he is careful not to I" ake these beings into divinities. They are angels, creatures like men. 3 3 Catholicism is often accused of having restored paganism and satisfied the spontaneous polytheism of simple people with the cult of the Virgin, the angels, and the saints.
God and the Ways of Knowing by Jean Danielou, Walter Roberts Jr