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Naming God

Naming God
ISBN
0913757233
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
200

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


Edited book , Index
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$12.95 (9.71)
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The God series books were based on a group of meetings that brought together over 100 scholars from around the world to pursue various aspects of a contemporary discussion of God. The participants were drawn from all parts of the our world and from virtually every religious tradition. Here Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Confucianists, members of African religions, and many others meet each other face to face. Moreover, the participants come from a wide range of disciplines and from cultures East and West, North and South.

Easy generalizations about people in other traditions–or in other strands of one’s own tradition–are quickly seen to be inadequate to the living reality. And as a result participants set in motion in their own lives dynamics and processes that will bear fruit in unpredictable ways. The vast majority of participants found this to be an event of great significance for them.

There was no attempt made to impose a certain outcome on these deliberations, nor was it assumed that there was some easy unity that underlied all the multiplicity present to the discussions. Nevertheless, what emerged was a heightened awareness of the beliefs and views of others and one’s own, and a determination to pursue lines of development.

The volumes in the God: The Contemporary Discussion Series are indicative of the continued pursuit and represent “stepping stones” designed to broaden the forum of the discussions. Many of the essays presented also reflect the influence of the encounter on each individual contributor. A unique experience herein awaits the student of religion or philosophy, the seeker of knowledge of the Ultimate, the teacher of spiritual discipline, or anyone interested in the emerging confluence of the religious traditions of the world.

NAMING GOD

Theology may be termed “talk about God,” but who is the one named “God”? Is God another name for ultimate reality, or ultimate reality another name for God? Which appellation shows who and what the talk concerns, and which is a secondary designation? Such questions, not to mention the traditions of discussing the divine names, indicate that names have played a special role in what Augustine called the semo de Deo. The essays in the present volume discuss what that role is from different perspectives and from different religious traditions. Ranging from theoretical perspectives to the material content of one or more of the religious traditions, from theist to nontheist perspectives, this collection calls attention to some of the basic questions and materials, and in a manner which is intelligible to readers with not more than a general knowledge of religious thought.

Those readers with a more studied background will profit from the discussion of comparative and critical issues surrounding the use of names in different religious and philosophical traditions. While the range of material is by no means exhaustive, it is broadly representative and offers new material on pre-Christian African religion and new theses about the function of divine names.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
PART ONE Theoretical Foundations
1 Naming the Unnamable
SAMUEL RAYAN
2 Icon and Theon: The Role of Imagination and Symbol in the Apprehension of Transcendence
A. ROBERT CAPONIGRI
3 The Relationship Between Symbolic and Literal Language about God
FREDERICK M. JELLY
PART TWO Names and Concepts in Different Traditions
4 The Names and Concepts of Deity: Our Languages About Ultimate Reality
SAMUEL A. ADEWALE
5 The Names and Concepts of God Among the Buem and the Akan of Ghana
JOHN K. ANSAH
6 The “Oriental” View of Nature and God
EUN-BONG LEE
7 The Buddhist Response to the Idea of the “Deity”
M. M. J. MARASINGHE
8 God as Not-Other: Nicholas of Cusa’s “De li Non Aliud”
ROBERT P. SCHARLEMANN
PART THREE Contemporary Questions
9 Trinity and Personality
FRITZ BURI
10 The Doctrine of Trinity-Is it Relevant for Contemporary Christian Theology?
MERCY AMBA ODUYOYE
11 Language and Ontology: The Ontological Structure Within the Biblical Language About God
THOR STEINAR GRÖDAL
12 Talk of God and Minimal Judaism
ASA D. KASHER
Contributors
Index

ROBERT P. SCHARLEMANN is Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Professor Scharlemann received his B.A. and B.D. from Concordia College and Seminary in St. Louis and Dr. Theol. from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He has been the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion from 1980 to 1985. In addition to publishing numerous reviews and articles, Professor Scharlemann has authored these books, Reflection and Doubt in the Thought of Paul Tillich (1969) and The Being of God: Theology and the Experience of Truth (1981).

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