One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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.’
- ‘Some may wonder at her somewhat facile distinction between apophatic and cataphatic prayer, as well as her surprising omissions.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kataphatikos ‘affirmative’, from kataphasis ‘affirmation’, from kata- (as an intensifier) + phanai ‘speak’.
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