Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




This is a paper on apophatic prayer. It is meant to be a look at some of the background and thinking on prayer as found in the early Fathers, from the first to the fourth centuries, and a study of George Maloney's more contemporary view of prayer for Christians today. It is further meant to afford a comparison between the early Christian ideas and those of Maloney in an attempt to show that Maloney uses a historical foundation for his theology of prayer while at the same time freely and meaningfully incorporating a more modern psychology and anthropology into it. The result of this proves to he an existentially valid theology which can better address itself to the experience of the person living in the world at this time in history.

To understand and locate the phenomenon of prayer in a person's life, one needs to look at the self-understanding of the person because the activity of a person is heavily based on how he sees himself and what he knows himself to be.