One God of All? Paperback

Probing Pluralist Identities

by Garth L. Hallett;

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One God of All?

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The claim has repeatedly been made, and has often been contested, that a single transcendent being is present or active in all of the world's major religions. In this view, names such as "God," "Allah," "nirvana," "Vishnu," and "Brahman" all refer to the same transcendent reality. Absent from the debate and here provided is a serious study of such claims in the light of the most pertinent philosophical literature, namely that concerning questions of identity and individuation. Of necessity, the terms that the claims employ are very general and abstract: the world's religions, it is said, all refer to the same "thing," "being," or "reality." Although analogy, rightly understood, can back the transcendent extension of descriptive expressions such as "wise," "good," and "powerful," it cannot do likewise for expressions such as "one," "same," and "many." So pluralists' identity claims appear empty. Hallett scrutinizes the soundness of this critique, its broad implications, and the possibility of replacing empty identity claims with suitable parables or comparisons.

One God of All? by Garth L. Hallett was published by Continuum in July 2012. The ISBN for One God of All? is 9781441170484.

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Details for One God of All?

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (July 2012)
Number of Pages152
Thickness8 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4030007
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