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Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

J. P. Williams


The classical texts of Christianity and Zen Buddhism contain resources with potent appeal to contemporary spirituality. The ‘apophatic’, or ‘negative’, may offer a means to integrate the conservation of traditional religious practices and beliefs with an openness to experience beyond the limits of doctrine and of rational thought. This book argues for a new understanding of what is meant by apophatic theology, supported by extensive analysis of the texts of Dionysius the Areopagite, St Maximus the Confessor, and Zen Master Dogen. It demonstrates how an apophatic spirituality might inform perso ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Zen Buddhism, apophatic theology, doctrine, rational thought, entropy, Dionysius the Areopagite, St Maximus the Confessor, Zen Master Dogen, spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269991
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. P. Williams, author
King Alfred's University College, Winchester