From Ancient Greek ἀποφατικός (apophatikós, “negative”).
apophatic (comparative more apophatic, superlative most apophatic)
- (theology) Pertaining to knowledge of God obtained through negation rather than positive assertions.
- 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 488:
- For him, the assertions of Palamas ran counter to the apophatic insistence in Pseudo-Dionysius that God was unknowable in his essence.
- 2009, Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Vintage 2010, p. 123:
- Augustine had absorbed the underlying spirit of Greek apophatic theology, but the West did not develop a fully fledged spirituality of silence until the ninth century, when the writings of an unknown Greek author were translated into Latin and achieved near-canonical status in Europe.
pertaining to knowledge of God obtained through negation rather than positive assertions