Nicholas of Cusa


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Nicholas of Cusa, 15th century mystic and scholar, was born of humble origins in 1400 and became a canon lawyer, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and papal legate. In his intellectual and spiritual development, Nicholas was principally influenced by four major figures: Plato, Raymond Lull, Meister Eckhart and Hildegard of Bingen, whose manuscripts he collected and annotated. The power and originality of his work is the organic blending of mathematics, mysticism, and philosophy. His thought is so contemporary that noted British physicist. David Bohm, cites Nicholas as a precursor for his own work.

In his introduction, physicist Brian Swimme says: “Nicholas of Cusa offers us a cosmological vision that is fascinating, that promises to heal, that is both ancient and contemporary. . .We in the last part of the twentieth century have an added advantage in our efforts to assimilate Nicholas’s wisdom, for we have learned that the universe is in fact very much as he describes.”

Nicholas of Cusa’s writings and commentaries have been widely available in scholarly form for centuries; the triumph of this present volume of meditations is putting the work and vision of this great thinker and mystic into the context of creation-centered spirituality.

James Francis Yockey has published articles and reviews in the National Catholic Reporter and Creation, among other publications. He has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and a master’s degree from the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Oakland, California. Meditations with Nicholas of Cusa is his first book.

Meditations with Nicholas of Cusa, James Francis Hockey, Bear & Company, 1962

Paperback. Octavo. Very good condition. Appears to be unread. Mild spotting to page block and fore edge. Pages are unmarked. A clean, tight copy. 143 pp.