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Negative Theology
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[German Version]

I. Early Church

Negative or apophatic theology (Gk ϑεολογία ἀποϕατική/theología apophatikḗ) originated as a (neo)platonic methodology using denial or negation (ἀπόϕασις/apóphasis) to attain a mode of thinking and speaking appropriate to the supreme form of being or the divine One, as well as a vision of or union (ἕνωσις/hénōsis) with it. Negative theology thus represents a mystagogic path of knowledge, leading to the divine…

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Stolina, Ralf, “Negative Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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