missiology becomes the verbal-only missiology, rendering people with intellectual disabilities capable only of being the receivers.
But the person also has a cataphatic
dimension, centred on his relational or communitarian being: a) his relation to the material realm is based on his incarnation, whose field of practice is commitment; b) his relation to the society of men rests on communion, whose field of practice is dispossession on the basis of love and unity of nature; c) his relation to God is a matter of vocation, whose field of practice is meditation and involves the contemplation and the building of an "inner life" (Mounier 2010, 53).
Maturity can include being empty: waiting, having nothing to say (apophatic rather than cataphatic
For the Franciscan, God is cataphatic
and not merely apophatic.
way is both invocation and incarnation.
(26) Dionysius's primary distinction is between affirmative (cataphatic
) and negative (apophatic) theology.
descriptions of religious realties are important; apophatic ones are essential.
In his typology, listening can be compassionate, cataphatic
or apophatic, and it is the last of these that Dobson advocates (p.
(42) Arguably this is the problem with much academic theology at the moment, whether it be Christian or post-Christian, an ugly term that I take to mean secular philosophers and theologians deeply influenced by the Christian tradition, not unlike myself; too many insist that theology be solely cataphatic
or solely apophatic.
Part Two explores how two different dimensions of the mystical tradition--the cataphatic
and apophatic--inform the thought and writing of Woolf and Murdoch.
Thus the cataphatic
tradition tries to describe God, they would say that God is love, omnipotent, etc.
In particular, those traditions contain, not only cataphatic
strands, which assertively purport to describe who or what God is, and are hence conducive to the promulgation of dogma, but also apophatic strands, which unassumingly limit themselves to describing who or what God is not, and are hence conducive to the practice of mysticism (McGinn, 2006).