From human desire to divine desire in John of the Cross

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    John of the Cross presents a spiritual journey of desire in which desire changes from a painful yearning for an infinite other, always out of reach (human desire), to the satisfaction of desire in mutual love and rest (the goal of union with God, conforming human to divine desire). John asserts a continuity of desire between these two states, and that it is possible for human desire to grow from one into the other. Yet they are very different. John’s treatment of desire and how he asserts this continuity are assessed through a critical reading of his Spiritual Canticle.

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    Original languageEnglish
    JournalReligious Studies
    Early online date4 Dec 2018
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Dec 2018

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