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Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Henny Fiskå Hägg


Apophatic theology claims that God is unknowable, and this book investigates the earliest stages of Christian apophaticism. It focuses on the writings of Clement of Alexandria (around AD 200): his view of language and esotericism, various aspects of his concept of God, his Logos-theology as well as his epistemology in relation to God. Clement holds that God is unknowable. God’s unknowability, however, concerns only his essence, not his energies, or powers. The traditional view today is that the distinction between essence and energies is first developed by the Cappadocian Fathers in the late 4 ... More

Keywords: apophatic theology, essence, energies, powers, concept of God, Logos-theology, esotericism, Middle Platonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199288089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henny Fiskå Hägg, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of Theology and Philosophy, Agder University College, Norway