Goddess as Nature: Towards a Philosophical Thealogy

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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Goddess as Nature makes a significant contribution to elucidating the meaning of a female and feminist deity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Bridging the gap between the emergent religious discourse of thealogy - discourse about the Goddess - and a range of analytical concerns in the philosophy of religion, the author argues that thealogy is not as incoherent as many of its critics claim. By developing a close reading of the reality-claims embedded within a range of thealogical texts, one can discern an ecological and pantheistic concept of deity and reality that is metaphysically novel and in need of constructive philosophical, thealogical and scholarly engagement. Philosophical thealogy is, in an age concerned with re-conceiving nature in terms of agency, chaos, complexity, ecological networks and organicism, both an active possibility and a remarkably valuable academic, feminist and religious endeavour.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Thealogy and Metaphysics
27
Models of GoddessNature
57
A Thealogy of Nature
83
Time and Becoming
115
The Human Condition
151
Coda
179
Index
193
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Paul Reid-Bowen lectures at Bath Spa University, UK, teaching courses on Philosophy of Religion, Contemporary Spiritualities, Psychology of Religion and Religion and the Media.

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