Religious Awe: Potential Contributions of Negative Theology to Psychology, “Positive” or Otherwise

  title={Religious Awe: Potential Contributions of Negative Theology to Psychology, “Positive” or Otherwise},
  author={Louise Sundararajan},
A hallmark of Christian mysticism is negative theology, which refers to the school of thought that gives prominence to negation in reference to God. By denying the possibility to name God, negative theology cuts at the very root of our cognitive makeup—the human impulse to name and put things into categories—and thereby situates us “halfway between a ‘no longer’ and a ‘not yet’” (Iser, 1978, p. 213), a temporality in which “the past is negated, but . . . the present is not yet formulated” (Iser… CONTINUE READING
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