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Beyond Monotheism : A theology of multiplicity - Laurel Schneider

Beyond Monotheism

A theology of multiplicity

Paperback Published: 7th September 2007
ISBN: 9780415941914
Number Of Pages: 248

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Laurel Schneider takes the reader on a vivid journey from the origins of the logic of the One - only recently dubbed monotheism - through to the modern day, where monotheism has increasingly failed to adequately address spiritual, scientific, and ethical experiences in the changing world. In Part I, Schneider traces a trajectory from the ancient history of monotheism and multiplicity in Greece, Israel, and Africa through the Constantinian valorization of the logic of the One, to medieval and modern challenges to that logic in poetry and science. She pursues an alternative and constructive approach in Part II: a logic of multiplicity already resident in Christian traditions in which the complexity of life and the presence of God may be better articulated. Part III takes up the open-ended question of ethics from within that multiplicity, exploring the implications of this radical and realistic new theology for the questions that lie underneath theological construction: questions of belonging and nationalism, of the possibility of love, and of unity. In this groundbreaking work of contemporary theology, Schneider shows that the One is not lost in divine multiplicity, and that in spite of its abstractions, divine multiplicity is realistic and worldly, impossible ultimately to abstract.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introduction: incarnation ... againp. 1
The logic of the Onep. 15
Then came the word: the invention of monotheismp. 17
"No god but me": the roots of monotheism in Israelp. 27
End of the many: the roots of monotheism in Greek philosophyp. 39
"I am because we are": the roots of multiplicity in Africap. 53
Monotheism, western science, and the theory of everythingp. 74
When hell freezes overp. 91
Toward divine multiplicityp. 105
Starting the story againp. 107
Thinking being? Or why we need ontology ... againp. 127
Thinking multiplicityp. 138
Divine multiplicity ...p. 153
... In a world of differencep. 164
Ethics and postures of multiplicityp. 183
A turn to ethics: beyond nationalismp. 185
A turn to ethics: unity beyond monotheismp. 198
Notesp. 208
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexesp. 240
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ISBN: 9780415941914
ISBN-10: 0415941911
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 7th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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