Latin for “Negative Way.” Negative theology refers to philosophies that regard negative statements as primary in expressing knowledge of God. Since the Supreme Reality is transcendent, any attribute or characteristic would be just a limitation. This is contrasted with “positive theologies” that give primary emphasis to positive statements. The distinction was developed within Muslim, Jewish, and Christian theism, but it is also expressed in the renowned neti neti assertion of the Upanishads. It appears in Taoism as well.