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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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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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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:10.1093/0199288089.003.0009

Clement’s solution to the problem of the relationship between the knowable and the unknowable aspects of God is seen in a wider perspective. How and why, for centuries, Clement was seen as doctrinally suspect is discussed. It is also claimed that his importance in the development of theology lies in his coupling of apophaticism with a distinction between essence and energies, anticipating the later dogma of the Orthodox Church.

Keywords:   knowable, unknowable, essence, energies, Orthodox Church

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