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The Knowledge of God

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:
10.1093/0199288089.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The relationship between Clement’s apophaticism and his epistemology is discussed. Particular attention is paid to the consequences of the negative way to God — as an expression of Clement’s view of ... 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


Incomprehensibility

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0033
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In waka, there is a type of verse called mushin shojaku, which literally means “not to be grasped by the mind,” that is, incomprehensible. It is a technical term derived from kambun syntax and it ... More


The Lord's Prayer

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137330
eISBN:
9780199867905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195137337.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

As the linguist and renowned expert in the field of Bible translation, Eugene Nida has pointed out, “almost no lay person understands the meaning of the first petition in the Lord's prayer (Hallowed ... 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


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 Poetry of Prose, the Unyielding of Sound

Gordana P. Crnković

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226657424
eISBN:
9780226657448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657448.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In the case of poetry, there are challenges, such as no translation that are accepted can approximate the texture and substance of a Dickinson lyric. In the case of prose, specifically contemporary ... More


The Formal Reason of the Infinite

Jean-Luc Marion

in Believing in Order to See: On the Rationality of Revelation and the Irrationality of Some Believers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823275847
eISBN:
9780823277018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Proceeding from the realization of a kind of universality of the infinite present in most sciences, Marion develops a notion of the infinite as incomprehensibility, which he shows to be a defining ... More


Incoherence

Christopher J. Insole

in Kant and the Creation of Freedom: A Theological Problem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199677603
eISBN:
9780191757068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677603.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

The notion, set out in the previous chapter, that in some sense our empirical actions derive from a case of atemporal first causation, is found by some commentators (Pereboom and Walker) to be ... More


Evil, Extremity, and Incomprehensibility

Luke Russell

in Evil: A Philosophical Investigation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198712480
eISBN:
9780191780790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712480.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion

It is not clear what kind moral extremity is required for evil action. This chapter attempts to answer this question. Singer has claimed that evil actions must be extremely harmful, and that evil ... More


Locke and Malebranche: Intelligibility and Empiricism

Nicholas Jolley

in Locke and Cartesian Philosophy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198815037
eISBN:
9780191852855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815037.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter addresses the issue of whether Locke’s own empiricist theory of ideas offers, as Locke often suggested, a more intelligible way of explaining human understanding than Malebranche’s ... More


Darkness

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Darkness is a biblical theme. Gregory continues the Alexandrian tradition of commenting on Exodus 20:21 and Psalm 18:12, heightening Philo’s apophaticism. He uses darkness as a symbol of divine ... More


God

Anthony Briggman

in God and Christ in Irenaeus

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780198792567
eISBN:
9780191834561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792567.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 2 examines Irenaeus’ understanding of the divine being, his theology proper. Since the propositions fundamental to Irenaeus’ doctrine of God bear upon his understanding of the Word-Son and ... More


Conclusion: Thinking the Impossible

Gary Gutting

in Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199227037
eISBN:
9780191809781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227037.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

While analytic philosophy claims that everything is subject to conceptual understanding, French philosophers are interested in that which cannot be conceived and therefore in attempting to grasp the ... More


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