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- adj. Alternative form of cataphatic.
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Instead, the distinction between kataphatic and apophatic refers solely to differences in the preparatory regimen employed in the “mystical way,” the former using “positive” techniques, the latter only
My own spiritual director (a Trappist monk) has a very strong bias toward apophatic prayer, and I'm continually teasing/reminding him that the kataphatic path can be just as blessed by God.
To be fair, I admit that apophatic and kataphatic are not crutch words, but legitimate members of a specific terminology that any science needs as tools of the trade.