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Is there a word that encapsulates inverse relationships? It's probably a theistic term. Something that could describe a profound nature like near and far or without and within.

Edit: The word I'm looking for describes a nature that is, paradoxical? The only example I can readily think of is God. God is described as both near and far, a presence both without and within. Is their a word that describes this contrasting nature?

--> God is _______.

Dichotomy is on the right track, but not quite it.

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  • They have high negative correlation? They are antonyms? They are inverses? I think you need to give us the exact relationship(s) you're thinking about. – Jim Jun 13 '18 at 22:04
  • The growing away from each other idea is captured by dichotomous, but it isn't confined to inverse relationships. And it seems like it may be too mundane for what you want. – Phil Sweet Jun 13 '18 at 22:27
  • What would be wrong with "opposite" or even "inverse" itself, please? If you'd posted some research, or even personal speculation, what examples might we have to work with? – Robbie Goodwin Jun 14 '18 at 0:20
  • God could be omnipresent which implicitly covers near/far, without/within- but not it’s not clear whether you want to say it can’t be classified that way or that it had an equal footing in both camps. – Jim Jun 14 '18 at 22:56
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    No, it isn't omnipresent either. The word describes the almost oxymoronic nature of the two extremes. So while it could be used to describe something like girly man, or little big the word encompasses two inverse extremes and further adds a layer of profoundity. Sorry if I'm being vague, I feel like I used to know it, and it's just slipped away from me. But after reading all of these excellent responses I'm beginning to wonder... – A.H.K. Jun 14 '18 at 23:39
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Actually, I think that paradoxical itself might make sense, except what you're looking for is a specific sense of the word.

God is self-contradictory:

: consisting of two contradictory members or parts

This is assuming that you mean near and far or within and without to be mutually exclusive—which is part of the definition of dichotomy.


Alternatively, God (in one sense) could be considered to be dialectical:

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a : of, relating to, or in accordance with dialectic · dialectical method · dialectical reasoning

Dialectic:

5 a : any systematic reasoning, exposition . . . or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict : a method of examining and discussing opposing ideas in order to find the truth

  • 'Dialectic' has swayed me to upvote, though God is not self-contradictory but paradoxical (ie He only appears self-contradictory to those without the mental capabilities to grasp all aspects of truth). As a gifted speaker once explained: "Of course, you're on a loser with theology [proper] – it's man trying to understand God". – Edwin Ashworth Jun 18 '18 at 0:06

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