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<b>Apophaticism and the Distinction between Essence and Power</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/10.1093/0199288089.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

 Apophaticism and the Distinction between Essence and Power

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Clement’s model for a distinction between God’s essence and his powers or energies is presented. Clement’s emphasis is on unknowability versus knowability — God as essence is unknowable, God as the Son, or as his power, is knowable. It is argued that the distinction is structurally equivalent with, and anticipates, the dogma of the distinction between God’s essence and energies that became so important in later Orthodox theology.

Keywords: essence; powers; energies; unknowability; knowability; Orthodox theology

Chapter.  4029 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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