Maciej Manikowski

The Unknown God and His Theophanies: Exodus and Gregory of Nyssa

Article
15/1 - Spring 2010, pages 161–174
Date of online publication: 15 juin 2010
Date of publication: 01 juin 2010

Abstract

The analysis, which aims at the interpretation of the three theophanies from Exodus presents—from the metaphysical and epistemological points of view—three fundamental ideas. First, the idea of the absolute unknowability of the essence of God; second, the idea of the real difference between essence and energies in God’s Being; and third, the idea of the real difference between the one essence, three persons (hypostases) and many uncreated divine energies (the powers or names) of God. One must say that the absolute unknowability of the essence of God means that God is forever the unknown God.

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Manikowski, Maciej. “The Unknown God and His Theophanies: Exodus and Gregory of Nyssa.“ Forum Philosophicum 15, no. 1 (2010): 161–174. doi: 10.5840/forphil201015123.

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