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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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Clement's Concept of God (I): The Apophatic Essence of the Father

Clement's Concept of God (I): The Apophatic Essence of the Father

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(p.153) 5 Clement's Concept of God (I): The Apophatic Essence of the Father
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Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism
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Henny Fiskå Hägg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199288089.003.0005

It is central to Clement’s concept of God that God cannot be expressed by man since he is above both human speech and human thought, is ineffable, and transcendent. Clement applies different solutions to this dilemma: one is his use of alpha privatives, another his use of paradox and indirect language.

Keywords:   concept of God, ineffable, transcendent, alpha privatives, paradox, indirect language

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