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Conclusion: the apophatic tradition

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/9780198269991.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This concluding chapter collates the similarities and differences between the Zen Buddhist and patristic Christian traditions of apophasis. It is now generally agreed that one cannot simply take the ... More


Caves, Clouds and Mountains: The Apophatic Tradition

Annmarie Hughes

in Islam, Christianity and the Mystic Journey: A Comparative Exploration

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640829
eISBN:
9780748653263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640829.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter discusses the meaning of caves, clouds, and mountains in the apophatic tradition of Islam and Christianity. The first section discusses the Qur'anic cave which represents the locus of ... More


Mystic as Fire Watcher: Thomas Merton

S.J. William Harmless

in Mystics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks at a recent mystic, the American monk Thomas Merton (1915–1968). He was arguably the most popular spiritual writer of the twentieth century and is best known for his autobiography, ... More


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