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By John S. Dunne

Dark mild of Love, John S. Dunne's twenty-third publication, was once written prior to his dying on November eleven, 2013. Dunne, known as by way of Christian Century "one of the main critical and unique theologians within the country," keeps his quest of religion looking realizing. during this new ebook he examines darkness as a metaphor for unknowing and the unknown. If darkish gentle is like actual mild touring in the course of the darkness of outer area, invisible until eventually it moves an item, then the darkish gentle of affection is the kindly mild that leads us by way of the center, one step at a time, towards God.
during this slim, deeply meditative paintings, Dunne engages with a wealthy number of sources—literature, theology, philosophy, and music—in an attempt to intricate how "the darkish mild of affection" illuminates a soul within the procedure wherein it's "oned" with God via emergence, separation, and eventually union. As Paul Kollman observes within the foreword, by means of interpreting his personal figuring out and his personal loving in that approach, Dunne leads us to re-evaluate our personal understanding and loving, thereby shining mild at the puzzles that perplex every one of us.

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Say, then, I do join the dance. Taking the far point on the circle as a turning point, I am seeing my life as a return, an epistrophe, a going home to God. ”25 I pass through loneliness on the way of this return. I am following the great circle of love but I pass through loneliness. The far point on the circle is that of a secular age, and that is where the soul is in the dark night of faith. ”26 It is the test of loneliness, as in the story of Hezekiah, when “God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart” (2 Chronicles 32:31).

Hammarskjöld quotes from Gunnar Ekelof, and he comments, “It did come—the day when the grief became small. For what had befallen me and seemed so hard to bear became insignificant in the light of the demands which God was now making. ” It is in the context of prayer that all this is said. ” The process is described in Paul’s words to the Philippians, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6– 7).

That is the moment of full emergence. Now the emergence is becoming that of the individual, relating to his past and his future. If we see this emergence in terms of human evolution from matter to life to intelligence, it is the climax of human evolution. If we see this emergence in terms of 20 | Emergence emanation from the One and return to the One, it is the beginning of a spiritual adventure. Let us go on now to consider this spiritual adventure, the emergence of the individual in emanation from the One and return to the One.

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