I was sitting in Comparative Theology class listening to a presentation on Taoism and something really struck me. It was a quote.
The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. (Tao Te Ching, chapter 1)
Now, I am not under the impression that all religions teach the same thing and I am not interested in downplaying real and substantial differences. But there is an aspect to our Christian tradition called the apophatic tradition that is important if often neglected – and it ties in here.
I had never heard of the apophatic way (Via Negativa) before seminary. I was raised with and trained for ministry in the cataphatic tradition. It was all positive, presence, blessing. In fact, if those ‘good‘ things are absent, I was taught to ask “what is wrong”. Continue reading “the Tao of C.S. Lewis”