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The via Negativa


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The Via Negativa
the view that the truth about God can be discovered by speaking negatively about him
The principle of negation
ruling everything out until you get to a conclusion. ie- eye spy
Aquinas
the via negativa emphasised the unknowablity of God
Aquinas believed
it is much more meaningful to talk negatively of God, rather tha postively about his qualities
Peter Cole wrote
'by denying all descriptions of God you get insight and experience of God rather than unbelief and scepticism'