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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

David R. Law

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This book is concerned with Kierkegaard's ‘apophaticism’, i.e. with those elements of Kierkegaard's thought that emphasize the incapacity of human reason and the hiddenness of God. Apophaticism is an ... More


 God and the Theologian

Gregory A. Beeley

in Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God: In Your Light We Shall See Light

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195313970
eISBN:
9780199871827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313970.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This chapter examines the spiritual dialectic of purification and illumination, or praxis and theoria, within which Christians come to know God. In turn, it addresses Gregory's response to the ... More


God and Being: Beings and Language

Morwenna Ludlow

in Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199280766
eISBN:
9780191712906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter deals with a reading of Gregory's apophaticism which is particularly focused on his philosophy of language. In his interpretation, Scot Douglass builds on the work of patristic scholars ... More


Introduction

Andrew Radde‐Gallwitz

in Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199574117
eISBN:
9780191722110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574117.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

The Introduction defines divine simplicity and theological epistemology. The latter is distinguished from religious epistemology, which asks, ‘On what grounds is someone's holding a certain belief ... More


From Science to Silence: Clement of Alexandria and Origen

Andrew Radde‐Gallwitz

in Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199574117
eISBN:
9780191722110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574117.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Chapter 2 engages the theological epistemology of Clement of Alexandria. It argues that Clement portrays Christian faith along the lines of what Aristotle called ‘science’ (epistêmê), though he also ... More


‘Persons’ In the ‘Social’ Doctrine of the Trinity: A Critique of Current Analytic Discussion

Sarah Coakley

in The Trinity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246120
eISBN:
9780191600531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246122.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Sarah Coakley outlines the recent debate that analytic philosophers of religion have conducted in defence of the so‐called ‘social’ doctrine of the Trinity. Since appeal is characteristically made by ... More


From Acosmism to Dialectic: Śaṅkara and Eckhart on the Ontological Status of the Phenomenal Worl

Hugh Nicholson

in Comparative Theology and the Problem of Religious Rivalry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199772865
eISBN:
9780199897315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772865.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter uses the dialectical understanding of Śhaṅkara developed in the previous chapter to challenge the conventional understanding of Śhaṅkara's doctrine of the world as one of “illusionism.” ... More


Triadological Polemic in the Writings of Symeon

Hilarion Alfeyev

in St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270096
eISBN:
9780191683893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270096.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Symeon the New Theologian's three ‘Theological Discourses’ and ‘Hymn 21’ are entirely devoted to the polemic on triadological matters. What was the underlying reason for this polemic? The answer to ... More


Symeon’s Theology as Based on that of the Church Fathers

Hilarion Alfeyev

in St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270096
eISBN:
9780191683893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270096.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Ascetical and mystical themes predominate in the literary heritage of Symeon the New Theologian, but he also discusses many theological themes. This chapter points out the most indicative items of ... More


Introduction

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the apophaticism or negative theology of philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard. This book traces the historical ... More


Dialectics

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines to what extent apophatic motifs are present in the basic structure of Søren Kierkegaard's thought, particularly in his dialectics. It analyses the dialectical structure of ... More


The Stages of Existence

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the three stages in Søren Kierkegaard's spheres of existence. These are the aesthetic, ethical, and religiousness stages. The aesthetic individual is concerned only with the ... More


God

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines Søren Kierkegaard's doctrine of God. It discusses Kierkegaard's definition of the term God and his treatment of the arguments for the existence of God. It analyses how human ... More


Christology

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the apophatic structure of Søren Kierkegaard's Christology. It analyses Kierkegaard's kenotic theory, his soteriology, and his development of the concept of contemporaneity, and ... More


Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines whether Søren Kierkegaard may be considered a negative theologian. It suggests that though apophaticism is an inherent element in Kierkegaard's thought he stands in a very ... More


Unsaying God: Negative Theology in Medieval Islam

Aydogan Kars

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190942458
eISBN:
9780190942489
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190942458.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam, Theology

What cannot be said about God, and how can we speak about God by negating what we say? Traveling across prominent negators, denialists, ineffectualists, paradoxographers, naysayers, ... More


Divine Excellency

Oliver D. Crisp

in Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199755295
eISBN:
9780199979486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755295.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 5 deals with the doctrine of divine excellency, an important constituent of Edwardsian theology proper. Edwards argues that “one alone cannot be excellent.” He maintains that an entity that ... More


Divine Action and Pneumatology in the Cappadocians

William J. Abraham

in Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume II: Soundings in the Christian Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198786511
eISBN:
9780191828799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786511.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

Building on the work of the previous chapter, where it was shown that Athanasius held that actions make manifest the identity and nature of the agent who performs them, the author turns to the ... More


Apophasis and Askêsis: Contemporary Philosophy and Mystical Theology

Ellsworth Jonathan

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion: Approaches from Continental Philosophy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823222063
eISBN:
9780823235605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823222063.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the concepts of apophasis and askesis in mystical theology and contemporary philosophy. It provides some explanation for the revival of interest in ... More


Christos Yannaras and the Idea of “Dysis”

Basilio Petrà

in Orthodox Constructions of the West

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251926
eISBN:
9780823253067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251926.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The first section of the chapter shall examine young Yannaras's criticism of the West under the influence of Dostoevsky. The second section will address his later criticism of the West following in ... More


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