Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been exploring apophatic statements about God. I am, as I’ve admitted, drawn to the apophatic. I suppose it’s because that I struggle intellectually with the whole concept of God and particularly with statements that anthropomorphize God — which is just about every statement that I ever hear uttered about God.
As I have written posts about what God is not, I’ve known that there’s one statement that would be the zenith of apophatic theology. And I’ve also known that if I cannot write a post in defense of that statement, then I’d hit the limit of apophaticism. That statement is:
God Is Not Love.And I cannot affirm that. Try as I might, I cannot figure out how to justify that sentence. Maybe Pete can, but I cannot. (Pete, are you listening?)
But, maybe this is exactly the beauty of apophatic theology, which is meant to remind us that God is not sum-up-able. God cannot be definitively articulated, not even by apophatic theology.
Can God be articulated by God?
N.B., This post is part of a series exploring apophatic statements about God.