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Apophatic theology

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History in the Western Church
It continues to be prominent in [[Eastern Christianity]] (see [[Gregory Palamas]]), and is used to balance cataphatic theology. Apophatic statements are crucial to much theology in [[Orthodox Christianity]].
==History Role in the Western Church==
Negative theology has a place in the Western Christian tradition as well, although it is definitely much more of a counter-current to the prevailing positive or cataphatic traditions central to [[Western Christianity]]. For example, theologians like Meister Eckhart and St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz), mentioned above, exemplify some aspects of or tendencies towards the apophatic tradition in the West. ''The Cloud of Unknowing'' (author unknown) and St John's ''Dark Night of the Soul'' are particularly well-known in the West.

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