The Apophatic Way

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  • Created on: 09-10-19 13:09

The Apophatic Way

Definition - the idea that the only way to meaningfully speak about God is via negation (by saying what he is not)

The idea claims that all words when applied to God are equivocal, therefore positve satements about God risk an anthropomorphic idea of God.

e.g. "God is just" - statement linked to our understanding of a just                human however God is not human. God appears ineffable as we            do not understand what our words mean when talking of God

The Apophatic Way means not mixing our language with God. Origins


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