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A2OCRPhilosophyofReligion
ReligiousLanguage(II)
TheViaNegativa



`'WhatonesaysofGodisnottrue,andw hatonedoesnotsayofHimistrue.''­St
AugustineofHippo.



The` ViaN egativa'a lsok nowna sthe` apopathicw ay'i sat heoryi nr eligiousl anguage
whichs uggestst hatw ec anh avead eeperu nderstandingo fG odt hroughu singa popathis
(negation.)I no therw ords,t he`ViaN egativa'u seso nlyn egativest od escribeG od.
Fore xample,G odi s` timeless',`ineffable',` intangible'.…

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Quote:` 'Godisb eyonda llbeinga ndknowledgeandine verywaythatc anbet hought
of,i sb eyondando utsideallh umancategoriesofthought.Godisb eyondassertiona nd
denial''

Wecannota sserto rdenyfactsa boutGod.However,wecanmakefactsaboutGodwhich
donota ssertt hatGodi ssomething.

Hiss tateo fa ffirmation-T he` ViaN egativa't ellsu ss omethinga boutG oda sw ella s
theB ible.T heB ibled oesn otd irectlya sserto ri mplyw hatG…

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Evaluationofthe`ViaNegativa'




Strengths



1)The` ViaN egativa's upportst hei deat hatG odi st ranscendent.B yn ota pplying
positivet ermsl ikes ayingt hatG odi s` good'a nd` loving'a nds ayingw hatG od
isn ot,w ec omplementt hei deat hatG odi sb eyondc omprehensiona nda bovet he
casuall anguageo fh umanb eings.
2)Iti ss…

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