Panentheism across the World's Traditions (Paperback)
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Panentheism across the World's Traditions (Paperback)

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Not to be confused with pantheismthe ancient Greek notion that God is everywhere, an animistic force in rocks and treesthe concept of panentheism suggests that God is both in the world, immanent, and also beyond the confines of mere matter, transcendent. One of the fundamental premises of this groundbreaking collection of essays is that panentheism, despite being unlabeled until the nineteenth century, is not merely a modern Western invention. The contributors examine a number of the worlds established and ancient religious traditionsChristianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and othersto draw out the panentheistic dimensions of these traditions and the possibilities they suggest. Panentheism is not only an esoteric, potentially heretical, and deeply mystical vision of the worlds great religious pasts; it is also a key feature of contemporary global spirituality. As this volume demonstrates, the metaphors and practices associated with modern panentheism speak powerfully to the realities of our evolving species and our evolving technological world. Panentheisms enticingly heretical vision of the relationship between the divine and matter has historically been denied a serious place in scholarship. As Panentheism across the Worlds Traditions shows, the dynamism between matter and spirit that panentheism offers has had a profound influence in the modern world.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199989904
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


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A first-rate contribution to interreligious dialogue and the emerging field of global spirituality. It evidences excellent editorial work by Clayton (Claremont Lincoln Univ.), a pioneer in this effort for some time, and Biernacki (Univ. of Colorado), an Indologist who shows great promise as a comparativist, too...Recommended. * CHOICE *
The essays in this volume are unapologetic, mature, and balanced, and as a collection offer a robust and most welcome form of comparative theology-an artful balancing of sameness and difference across cultural and temporal boundaries. This book makes a new and important contribution. * Jeff Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University *
Panentheism offers impressive scholarship, in educational, profound, and creative explorations of a common theme within diverse traditions, with full respect for the differences of those traditions, and with no imperialistic claims to reveal one final truth which will supersede all others. * C. Robert Mesle, SOPHIA *

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