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Denying divinity : apophasis in the patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist traditions

Author: J P Williams
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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The classical texts of Christianity and Zen Buddhism contain resources with potent appeal to contemporary spirituality. The 'apophatic', or 'negative', may offer a means to integrate the conservation of traditional religious practices and beliefs with an openness to experience beyond the limits of doctrine and of rational thought. Denying Divinity argues for a new understanding of what is meant by apophatic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Williams, J.P.
Denying divinity.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(DLC) 00037458
(OCLoC)45485016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J P Williams
ISBN: 1280810823 9781280810824
OCLC Number: 253006815
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 249 pages)
Contents: Introduction to apophasis --
The Greco-Christian background --
The Buddhist background --
Dionysius --
Maximus the Confessor --
Dogen's apophasis --
Conclusion: the apophatic tradition.
Responsibility: J.P. Williams.

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The classical texts of Christianity and Zen Buddhism contain resources with potent appeal to contemporary spirituality. The 'apophatic', or 'negative', may offer a means to integrate the conservation of traditional religious practices and beliefs with an openness to experience beyond the limits of doctrine and of rational thought. Denying Divinity argues for a new understanding of what is meant by apophatic theology, supported by extensive analysis of the texts of Dionysius the Areopagite, St Maximus the Confessor, and Zen Master Dogen. It demonstrates how an apophatic spirituality might inform personal and communal spiritual development; and sketches out the contribution it can offer to modern debate on theology and postmodernism, entropy, and interfaith dialogue, and to development of an active theological commitment to humanity.

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