The Via Negativa

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A-Levels Philosophy (Religious Language) Note on The Via Negativa, created by TeenySweeney on 12/01/2013.

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You cannot say what god is but you can say what he is not. God is good = God is not evil, because we cannot really know what we mean by "god is good". God is not a human being because God is transcendent.

God is totally beyond human comprehension.God is ineffable.We could say that God is good or all-knowing, but our knowledge of goodness is that of a human being.This means that saying these things tells us nothing about God.We can debate what it means for God to be all-knowing but we cannot ultimately know what it is to be all-knowing.

BUT it is useful when talking about an ineffable religious experience.

CriticismHow long would we need to go on before we reach a conclusion of what god is? If it cannot be clearly stated what is being talked about, how can we be sure there is anything at all?Pseudo-DyonisisGod is beyond assertion and beyond denial. Whatever you say about God tells us nothing about him, whether you say what he is or what he is not.

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