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Beginning with Charles de Foucauld, Andrew Louth shows how the appeal of the desert has been embraced by a variety of figures through ...
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Beginning with Charles de Foucauld, Andrew Louth shows how the appeal of the desert has been embraced by a variety of figures through the centuries until the present day. Two such figures are Julian of Norwich and St. John of the Cross. Louth's work is an engrossing investigation which takes the reader through the attempts to discover the values of the desert in medieval anchorism; in the sixteenth-century Carmelite reform; in the Russian forest and in the experience of mental desolation in the lives of such people as Pere Surin and Pere Huvelin.
The Wilderness of God brings to life the rich imagery of the desert which can be found in the Bible and the liturgy, in poetry and prose. In all its forms, the wilderness emerges as a tradition that goes back to the very limits of what is humanly possible, and there, "somewhere on the other side of despair", discerns "the city that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God".
|1||Charles de Foucauld and the Abbe Huvelin||17|
|2||The Desert in the Bible||37|
|3||The Desert Fathers||53|
|4||Medieval Anchorism and Julian of Norwich||71|
|5||Mount Carmel and St. John of the Cross||93|
|6||The Devils of Loudun and Pere Surin||113|
|7||The Russian Desert: The Forest||131|
|8||The Waste Land and Beyond: T. S. Eliot||151|