Academic journal article Theological Studies

Dark Light of Love

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Dark Light of Love

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Dark Light of Love. By John S. Dunne. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2014 Pp. x + 99. $20.

My life is a journey in time and God is my companion on the way," said Dunne (1), and that journey ended in November 2013 with his untimely death. D.'s spiritual adventure, as he called it, began with the question, "If I must die someday, what can I do to fulfill my desire to live?" This line fittingly appears also on the last page of prose (73) in this posthumously published book.

Over the course of his 17 previous books, D.'s journey had become increasingly mystical. The current work is one of the best contemporary examples of Bernard Lonergan's fifth functional specialty, foundations (Method in Theology, 1972). Foundations focuses on the "fundamental and momentous change in the human reality that a theologian is" and on the subsequent development of appropriate theological categories.

D. engages The Cloud of Unknowing and asks "How, though, is a soul oned with God in a cloud of unknowing?" (2). He finds the answer in the life journey itself in which "things are meant, there are signs, the heart speaks, there is a way" (66; phrases from Tolkien). …

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