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This introductory chapter presents an overview of concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of the book A New Apophaticism: Augustine and the Redemption of Signs. The book develops a contemporary apophatic theology which is both extreme in its denial of what language can achieve in its attempts to speak about God, and yet robust in its affirmation of what language about God can nevertheless accomplish. Part I of the book is devoted to the interrogation of the first part-hypothesis: that God-language has the purpose of contributing to the redemptive transformation of human beings; and Part II discusses the critical investigation of the second part-hypothesis: that human beings are potential signs of God, becoming better signs as they are brought into more fully redeemed relationship with God. The Part III revisits the first part-hypothesis in the light of Part II, offering a reformulation of the overall twofold hypothesis.

Keywords: apophatic theology; God-language; predestination; redemptive transformation of human beings



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