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Res Philosophica

Volume 95, Issue 3, July 2018

New Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

Lorraine Juliano Keller
Pages 347-370
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.1687

Divine Ineffability and Franciscan Knowledge

There’s been a recent surge of interest among analytic philosophers of religion in divine ineffability. However, divine ineffability is part of a traditional conception of God that has been widely rejected among analytic philosophers of religion for the past few decades. One of the main reasons that the traditional conception of God has been rejected is because it allegedly makes God too remote, unknowable, and impersonal. In this paper, I present an account of divine ineffability that directly addresses this concern by arguing that the deepest knowledge of God’s nature that we can attain is personal, rather than propositional. On this view, it is precisely because knowledge of God’s nature is personal that it cannot be linguistically expressed and communicated.