docta ignoranta

“Every profound pondering, every at depth cognition of things Divine ought to lead to mystery. God is inexplicable Mystery. And this is indeed the most profound definition of God. Thus it is that apophatic (negative) theology defines it and its definition is more profound than all the definitions of kataphatic (positive) theology. The great Christian mystics and the most profound of Christian thinkers always thought this to be so — Dionysios the Areopagite, Eckhardt, Nicolas of Cusa and many others. Plotinos was the source of these thoughts. It is impossible even to call God being, since He is beyond being and He is no thing. But the pathway to the ultimate Divine Mystery lies through knowledge, and not through a primordial agnosticism, not through a forbidding of knowledge. There exists a knowledge about unknowing, the docta ignoranta, as Nicolas of Cusa declared it.”


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  1. Hi there! This blog post couldn’t be written much better!

    Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I will send this article to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!


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