CHAPTER VII JOHN DONNE AND MYSTICAL THEOLOGYIT is not my purpose in this chapter to deal in detail with the
mystical theology of John Donne, for the contents of mystical
theology are doctrinal as well as experimental; it not only
records the mystical experience of the soul, but also enunciates
the rules for its guidance, which are based on the Scriptures,
the lives of the Saints, and the teachings of the Fathers; there
is not enough material available for such an exhaustive survey
either in his Sermons or other prose-works of John Donne.
Mystical theology has been defined as a "Science which treats
of acts and experiences or states of the soul which cannot be
produced by human effort or industry even with the ordinary
aid of Divine grace." It mainly comprises of:
|1. ||Various forms of prayer.|
|4. ||The dark night of the Soul and|
|5. ||The Mystical Union.|
Donne does not deal with the various forms of prayer, their
method, or their practical and mystical import.
There are mainly four forms of Prayer, vocal, mental,
affective, and Prayer of simplicity. The vocal prayer denotes
verbal expression of the internal act which is implied in every
Mental Prayer is really a form of meditation in which the
various faculties of the soul, memory, intellect, imagination
and will are concentrated on some principle, truth or fact as____________________
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Book title: The Dogmatic and Mystical Theology of John Donne.
Contributors: Itrat Husain - Author.
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 1938.
Page number: 120.
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