This paper argues that negative theology is a direct consequence of monotheism. In so doing, it argues that monotheism is not so much a claim about the number of God “one as opposed to a multiplicity — as it is a claim about the nature of God ” unlike anything else in the universe. In short, God is unique. But uniqueness presents a special problem. The concepts and categories that make up our conceptual scheme are derived from normal experience. To say that God is unique is to say that God cannot be grasped by these concepts or categories. But then we face a dilemma: to preserve uniqueness we must sacrifice intelligibility. Mythology represents the opposite pole: a god who is perfectly intelligible but for that reason ordinary. It follows that in addition to being a claim about God, monotheism is a claim about the limit of human knowledge.
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