Apophatic Theology

This week’s Jesus and Mo is excellent. Apophatic Theology is promoted by Karen Armstrong’s latest book: The Case for God. While some reviews of the book have been kind (not to say fawning), I suspect that the most accurate review is the one by the philosopher Simon Blackburn. It helps that it is also written with a very dry wit:
So what should the religious adept actually say by way of expressing his or her faith? Nothing. This is the "apophatic" tradition, in which nothing about God can be put into words. Armstrong firmly recommends silence, having written at least 15 books on the topic.
There’s also a very funny "digested read" of the book’s contents penned by John Crace in The Guardian.  I dare say that it is a pretty good summary of Armstrong’s case.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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