Way to Divine Knowledge
by William Law
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William Law's career was one
of many changes. He wore many hats: teacher, religious
guide, dissenter, and mystic writer. This last shift from traditional,
evangelical treatise and doctrine writer to student and scholar of
mysticism is perhaps the most curious. After almost a decade of silence
from his pen, Law published several volumes of Christian mystical study,
one of which was Way to Divine Knowledge. The piece is a
speakers Academicus, Rusticus, Humanus, and Theophilus. They discuss
the spiritual yearning that humans have deep within, and the importance
of divine union. "Your business is now to give Way to this heavenly
Working of the Spirit of God in your Soul, and turn from every things
either within you, or without you, that may hinder the farther
Awakening," says Theophilus in the first dialogue. This literature from
Law's later work is a creative and readable discussion of Christian
mystic union, and will be instructive for readers interested in the more
intangible side of union with God.
CCEL Staff Writer