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Denys the Areopagite

Andrew Louth

in The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291403
eISBN:
9780191710674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Denys represents the end of the development of Patristic mystical theology. Denys completes all the main lines of the mystical theology of the Fathers: the Origenist tradition has achieved its ... More


Introduction

Henny Fiskå Hägg

in Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199288083
eISBN:
9780191604164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199288089.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter provides an overview of the book. It begins by describing apophatic theology (approaching the divine through negation) in relation to kataphatic theology (based on affirmation) or ... More


Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Henny Fiskå Hägg

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199288083
eISBN:
9780191604164
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199288089.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Apophatic theology claims that God is unknowable, and this book investigates the earliest stages of Christian apophaticism. It focuses on the writings of Clement of Alexandria (around AD 200): his ... More


Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

J. P. Williams

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

The classical texts of Christianity and Zen Buddhism contain resources with potent appeal to contemporary spirituality. The ‘apophatic’, or ‘negative’, may offer a means to integrate the conservation ... More


The Christian God v. Passionate Pagan Deities:Impassibility as an Apophatic Qualifier of Divine Emotions

Paul L. Gavrilyuk

in The Suffering of the Impassible God: The Dialectics of Patristic Thought

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199269822
eISBN:
9780191601569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199269823.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The author shows that by calling the Christian God impassible the Fathers sought to distance God the creator from the gods of mythology. At the same time the Fathers viewed divine impassibility as ... More


Introduction

Noam Reisner

in Milton and the Ineffable

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199572625
eISBN:
9780191721892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572625.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This introductory chapter sets up the ensuing discussion of Milton's poetics of ineffability by defining the precise use in this study of such terms as ‘ineffable’, ‘numinous’, and ‘apophatic ... More


Introduction to apophasis

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This book contributes to the budding renaissance of apophatic theology by providing an analysis of certain central source-texts and deriving therefrom a definition of apophasis that has clear support ... More


Maximus the Confessor

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This chapter presents a reading of Maximus the Confessor's apophatic theology based on a broad spectrum of his writings. It focuses on three texts that offer slightly different versions of a ... More


The Ineffable, Inconceivable, and Incomprehensible God Fundamentality and Apophatic Theology

Jonathan D. Jacobs

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198722335
eISBN:
9780191789229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722335.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Claims from apophatic, or negative, theology—that God is ineffable, inconceivable, and incomprehensible, for example—are deeply rooted in the Christian tradition. But they are also deeply puzzling, ... More


Bonaventure's Contribution to the Twentieth-Century Debate on Apophatic Theology

Theo Zweerman

in The Quest for Meaning: Friends of Wisdom from Plato to Levinas

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823222773
eISBN:
9780823235810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823222773.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the contribution of Saint Bonaventure to the 20th century debate of apophatic theology. It suggests that that a case study on Bonaventure's work can be ... More


God

Dale B. Martin

in Biblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300222838
eISBN:
9780300227918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222838.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Even if ancient biblical writers did not have the philosophical training to have anticipated later Christian doctrines such as the transcendence or immanence of God, divine simplicity, even the ... More


Dionysius the Areopagite’s Divine Names and the Meaning of ‘God is Love’

CATHERINE OSBORNE

in Eros Unveiled: Plato and the God of Love

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267669
eISBN:
9780191683336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267669.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

It is nothing new to have much to say about the love of God, but there remains something very different about twentieth-century talk of the love of God that marks it out from both Eastern and Western ... More


The Fire Each Time: Dark Energy and the Breath of Creation

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

in Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823238958
eISBN:
9780823238996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter finds its point of departure in the 1998 discovery of “dark energy”: the counter-gravitational pressure of spacetime itself, which is accelerating the expansion of the universe. ... More


The Density of Divine Address: Liturgy, Drama, and Human Transformation

Ben Quash

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199646821
eISBN:
9780191744853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that God and Mystery in Words is fundamentally a book about liturgy. Liturgy displays the ways in which creation can be true to itself, and encodes the fullness towards which ... More


In the Image of the Invisible

Kathryn Tanner

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Christian theologians, following verses in Genesis to this effect, also commonly claim that human beings are created in God's image. Putting the two ideas together, one ... More


The Receptacle

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good: Metaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223503
eISBN:
9780823235117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223503.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the views of Jacques Derrida on the concept of chora. Derrida approaches chora from the perspective of apophatic theologies in which every attributive ... More


Theological Creativity and Doctrinal Constraint

Hugh Nicholson

in The Spirit of Contradiction in Christianity and Buddhism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190455347
eISBN:
9780190455361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190455347.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The final chapter presents a theory of theological creativity based on the thesis that counterintuitive doctrines like No-self and consubstantiality represent the cumulative result of a series of ... More


Eighteen Takes on God: A Short Guide for Those Who Are Still Perplexed

Leslie Stevenson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190066109
eISBN:
9780190066130
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190066109.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This is a compact introduction to a variety of conceptions of God. Part I examines eight theologies: God as an old man in the sky; as an incorporeal person; as a necessary being; as truth, goodness, ... More


Symphony of the Ineffable

Alessandro Vettori

in Poets of Divine Love: The Rhetoric of Franciscan Spiritual Poetry

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823223251
eISBN:
9780823240913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823223251.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The poet's closeness to God leads to reflections on the inadequacy of language to convey the effects love has produced on his soul. But the poems at the end of the Laude also consider the crucial ... More


In Our Own Image: Anthropomorphism, Apophaticism, and Ultimacy

Wesley J. Wildman

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198815990
eISBN:
9780191853524
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815990.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

In Our Own Image is a work of comparative philosophical theology answering three questions. First, it is a study of the roles anthropomorphism and apophaticism play in the construction of conceptual ... More


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