Our Divine Double Hardback

by Charles M. Stang;

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Our Divine Double

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What if you were to discover that you were not entirely you, but rather one half of a whole-that you had, in other words, a divine double? In the second and third centuries CE, this idea gripped the imagination of the Eastern Mediterranean, providing a distinctive understanding of the self that has survived in various forms throughout the centuries, down to the present. Our Divine Double traces the rise of this ancient idea that each person has a divine counterpart, twin, or alter-ego, and the eventual eclipse of this idea with the rise of Christian conciliar orthodoxy. Charles Stang marshals an array of ancient sources from early Christianity, Manichaeism, and Neoplatonism. Each of these traditions offers an understanding of the self as an irreducible unity-in-duality. To encounter one's divine double is to embark on a path of deification that closes the gap between image and archetype, human and divine.
While the figure of the divine double receded from the history of Christianity with the rise of conciliar orthodoxy, it survives in two important discourses from late antiquity: theodicy, or the problem of evil; and Christology, the exploration of how the Incarnate Christ is both human and divine.

Our Divine Double by Charles M. Stang was published by Harvard University Press in March 2016. The ISBN for Our Divine Double is 9780674287198.

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Details for Our Divine Double

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHarvard University Press (March 2016)
Number of Pages290
Thickness30 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4375598
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