(Of knowledge of God) obtained through defining God with positive statements. The opposite of apophatic.
- That, I think, is the point of those who hold that apophatic theology (negative theology) and cataphatic theology (positive theology) are really two sides of a single coin.
- Anselm's theology is excessively cataphatic (affirmative or positive) and rationalist.
- It is from within this christological context that Maximus's understanding of the relationship between apophatic and cataphatic theology is most profitably interpreted.
Mid 19th century: from Greek kataphatikos 'affirmative', from kataphasis 'affirmation', from kata- (as an intensifier) + phanai 'speak'.
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