Way to Divine Knowledge

by William Law

Summary

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 dialogue among 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.

Abby Zwart
CCEL Staff Writer
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  Born: AD 1686
Died: April 9, 1761
Related topics: Christian life, Early works, Law, William,--1686-1761, Clergy, Mysticism, …
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