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Unification/Henosis

(331 words)

Author(s): Farrow, Douglas B.
[German Version] Unification (ἕνωσις/ hénōsis) with the divine is the goal of mystical theology. In both the Neoplatonism of Plotinus and Proclus and in the Christian mysticism of Gregory of Nyssa and Dionysius Areopagita, the term refers to an ecstatic experience of self-transcendence through direct participation in God, which leads to deification. The Latin equivalent is unio mystica; here Augustine of Hippo played a fundamental role. The Neoplatonic approach was based on the theolog…

Heaven

(3,990 words)

Author(s): Auffarth, Christoph | Houtman, Cornelis | Rowland, Christopher | Lang, Bernhard | Farrow, Douglas B. | Et al.
[German Version] Cosmology and Kingdom of God I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament –III. New Testament – IV. Church History – V. Dogmatics – VI. Contemporary Art I. Religious Studies 1. To a vision that has not been tamed by scientific theory, heaven is a realm of the beyond (Hereafter, Concepts of the). Like the netherworld, it invades the human world as air or earth and sea, but it is beyond the experience of mortals; it is concrete, but cannot be entered. Observation of the concrete phenomena confirms the symbol …

Apophatic Theology

(770 words)

Author(s): Farrow, Douglas B.
[German Version] In the “Mystical Theology” of Dionysius the Areopagite apophasis or negation (Gk ἀπό + φάναι [ apó + phánai]: lit. “speaking away”) is coordinated with kataphasis or affirmation in setting out the twin methods of theology. Since God is the cause of all beings, we may ascribe to God “all the affirmations we make in regard to beings.” But “more appropriately, we should negate all these affirmations,” …

Exaltation

(459 words)

Author(s): Farrow, Douglas B.
[German Version] is one of the earliest claims about Jesus. The loci classici are Phil 2:9–11, “The…