Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Great Soul Unheeded: Nicholas of Cusa

Learning this morning about another forgotten great-soul, whose ideas, had they not been buried in the avalanche of chaos following the fall of Constantinople to the Turks, might have helped to prevent centuries of persecution and factional fighting in Europe.

Nicholas of Cusa, who lived in the 15th century, believed that God is unknowable. To a certain extent, all people of faith believe this to various degrees. Building on that, he suggests that it is absurd to argue, fight and even kill each other in the name of God, when none of us fully comprehend Him.

He "imagined a concord among religions that celebrated what they had in common and still accepted their ongoing independent existence."

Quoted line from James Carroll, "Constantine's Sword," p. 353.

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