The Via Negativa: Old Testament Lessons in Lent

Jane E. Strohl

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 1/1/1995

Issue: Children (Vol. 15, No 1, Winter, 1995)

Matthew Fox's exploration of the faith experience of Christian mystics has set me thinking about the shadow side of God. In his book Creation Spirituality Fox describes four spiritual paths: the via positiva, the via negativa, the via creativa, and the via transformativa. It is the second one, the via negativa, that has been running through my mind as I read the Series C Old Testament texts for the Lenten season.

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