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via negativa

Line breaks: via nega|tiva
Pronunciation: /viːə nɛɡəˈtiːvə
 
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Definition of via negativa in English:

noun

A philosophical approach to theology which asserts that no finite concepts or attributes can be adequately used of God, but only negative terms.
Example sentences
  • Because I risk ‘owning’ this affirmative relationalism coupled with the via negativa of her theological honesty, let me note some remaining questions.
  • That said, the Anglican emphasis on the quest for holiness and on union with God bred not merely a concern for right practice but also a certain conceptual skepticism and attraction to the via negativa.
  • This can also lead to a certain fascination with a via negativa, a path of negation that approaches the impossible as religious experience.

Origin

Latin, literally 'negative path'.

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