a mystery absolute


Senior Member
Does "a mystery absolute" mean "an absolute mystery"? With absolute being put in the end, it puts on an emphasis. Just a guess.

And based on the guess, I'm trying to make some uses about it:

For believers, God's knowledge is a knowledge absolute, and His power is a power absolute.

Am I on the right track?

Thanks in advance


Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name. The consciousness that animates us is itself central to this mystery and the ground for any experience we might wish to call "spiritual."

-Sam Harris' The End of Faith
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    That sounds right to me. Placing "absolute" after "knowledge" is literary and emphatic. Perhaps the writer chose it because it sounded more biblical or poetic than the ordinary version would. Unless you are consciously striving for literary effects in your prose, I advise you not to copy this sort of thing or pay much attention to it.
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