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Silence and the Word
Negative Theology and Incarnation

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Oliver Davies, Denys Turner, Paul S. Fiddes, Janet Martin Soskice, Herbert McCabe, Bernard McGinn, Rowan Williams, Mark A. McIntosh, Graham Ward, David F. Ford
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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511030598

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  • Negative theology or apophasis - the idea that God is best identified in terms of 'absence', 'otherness', 'difference' - has been influential in modern Christian thought, resonating as it does with secular notions of negation developed in continental philosophy. Apophasis also has a strong intellectual history dating back to the early Church Fathers. Silence and the Word both studies the history of apophasis and examines its relationship with contemporary secular philosophy. Leading Christian thinkers explore in their own way the extent to which the concept of the apophatic illumines some of the deepest doctrinal structures of Christian faith, and of Christian self-understanding both in terms of its historical and contemporary situatedness, showing how a dimension of negativity has characterised not only traditional mysticism but most forms of Christian thought over the years.

    • Important new perspectives on negative theology
    • Relates theology to developments in continental philosophy
    • Broad historical coverage including mysticism and other traditions
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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511030598
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Oliver Davies and Denys Turner
    1. Apophaticism, idolatory and the claims of reason Denys Turner
    2. The quest for a place which is 'not-a-place': the hiddenness of God and the presence of God Paul S. Fiddes
    3. The gift of the name: Moses and the burning bush Janet Martin Soskice
    4. Aquinas on the Trinity Herbert McCabe
    5. Vere tu es deus absconditus: the hidden God in Luther and some mystics Bernard McGinn
    6. The deflections of desire: negative theology in Trinitarian disclosure Rowan Williams
    7. The formation of mind: Trinity and understanding in Newman Mark A. McIntosh
    8. 'In the daylight forever?': language and silence Graham Ward
    9. Apophasis and the Shoah: where was Jesus Christ at Auschwitz? David F. Ford
    10. Soundings: towards a theological poetics of silence Oliver Davies
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  • Editors

    Oliver Davies, University of Wales, Lampeter
    Oliver Davies is Reader in Philosophical Theology in the University of Wales and has written a number of studies of Christian mystical writers, including Meister Eckhart: Mystical Theologian (SPCK 1991). The first volume of his Systematic Theology in three parts appeared as A Theology of Compassion (SCM Press 2001), and the second volume, On the Creativity of God, is currently under preparation.

    Denys Turner, University of Cambridge
    Denys Turner is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge and former H. G.Wood Professor at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of On the Philosophy of Karl Marx (Sceptre, 1969), Marxism and Christianity (Blackwell, 1983) and The Darkness of God (CUP, 1995). He is currently working on a book on Thomas Aquinas and the doctrine of God.


    Oliver Davies, Denys Turner, Paul S. Fiddes, Janet Martin Soskice, Herbert McCabe, Bernard McGinn, Rowan Williams, Mark A. McIntosh, Graham Ward, David F. Ford

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