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Dear Ken,

 

Yes, you are right and I am wrong. On re-reading the excerpt, it's clear that "Deity" pertains to Love.

 

I guess that's what Carrol meant when he wrote:

 

"Huh?
 
C"

 

I deserved that!


Diana

 
Diana Manister wrote:
> 
> Dear Carrol,
> 
> Anathematizing descriptions of mystical experience is at least as old
> as Lao-Tze, who wrote "Those who speak do not know; those who know do
> not speak." The Cloud of Unknowing takes this position too, as do many
> texts on the subject. Is it the Torah that forbids writing the name of
> God?
> 
> Images representing God are proscribed by some religions too, aren't
> they? Buddhism allows representations of gurus and the Buddha, but
> they are not images of God.
> 
> The discussion we had on the list about worship of the Virgin Mary as
> a deity being prohibited by the church might be informed by this
> excerpt:
> 
> "The Figure of Beatrice...is a deity of whom most human beings seldom
> see more than the shadow"
> 
> Curioser and curioser.
> 
> Diana
> 

 
> Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:07:26 -0400
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Eliot on Charles Williams' mysticism
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Diana Manister wrote:
> >
> > The discussion we had on the list about worship of the Virgin Mary as 
> > a deity being prohibited by the church might be informed by this excerpt:
> > 
> > "The Figure of Beatrice...is a deity of whom most human beings seldom 
> > see more than the shadow"
> > 
> > Curioser and curioser.
> Except that your quote isn't what Eliot wrote:
> 
> Love, in the
> meaning which it had for Williams-....-is a deity of whom most human beings
> seldom see more than the shadow.
> 
> "Love," not "the figure of Beatrice," is the subject of "is a deity..."
> 
> I didn't really see any ill will per se in Carrol's "mystic" demystification. Just the usual Carroling. Don't tell him I said so.
> 
> Ken A
 		 	   		  
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