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Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism$
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Henny Fiskå Hägg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199288089.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Henny Fiskå Hägg

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book. It begins by describing apophatic theology (approaching the divine through negation) in relation to kataphatic theology (based on affirmation) or mystical theology (based on an inner relationship to God). Works that have influenced the approach of this book are surveyed and the remaining chapters outlined.

Keywords:   apophatic theology, negation, kataphatic theology, affirmation, mysticism

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