"Deus anonymus” ou a semântica do mistério de Deus

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This article seeks to show how the problem of the divine Name constitutes a primordial nucleus of language and theological gnoseology. In actual fact, classical theologia brought to maturity the common conviction that any name or concept accommodates itself to the essentially anonymous divine nature. Taking this presupposition as its starting point, Helenic theism (medioplatonic, gnostic and hermetic) emerged in the dogma of the ontological impossibility of knowing God (agnostos Theos). Though not immune to the influence of this gnoseological rigorousness, the Fathers of the Church substantially reworked the semantics of the mystery of God, opening two avenues of theological enquiry, through the ‘revelation of the Name’: the affirmative (oikonomica), and the negative (apofática) which safegards transcendence and enables a personal relationship with a God who reveals himself (Nomen).
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)157-182
Number of pages25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008

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