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<b>Clement's Concept of God (I): The Apophatic Essence of the Father</b>

Henny Fiskå Hägg

in Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199288083
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604164 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199288089.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

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

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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

Chapter.  7200 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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