The Boundaries of Monotheism: Interdisciplinary Explorations Into the Foundations of Western Monotheism

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Anne-Marie Korte, Maaike De Haardt
BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 247 pages
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What is the significance of monotheism in modern western culture, taking into account both its problematic and promising aspects? Biblical texts and the biblical faith traditions bear a continuous, polemical tension between exclusive and inclusive perceptions and interpretations of monotheism. Western monotheism proves itself to be multi-significant and heterogeneous, producing boundary-setting as well as boundary-crossing tendencies, is the common thesis of the authors of this book, who have been collectively debating this theme for two years in an interdisciplinary scholarly setting. Their contributions range from the fields of biblical and religious studies, history and philosophy of religion, systematic theology, to gender studies in theology and religion.The authors also explain the particular contribution of their own theological discipline to these debates.
 

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Contents

Chapter One A Unique Instability? Exploring the Boundaries of Monotheism Introduction AnneMarie Korte Tilburg University Utrecht University
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Chapter Two The Boundaries of Israelite Monotheism Bob Becking Utrecht University
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Chapter Three The Divine Messiah Early Jewish Monotheism and the New Testament Patrick Chatelion Counet Amsterdam University
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Chapter Four Monotheistic to a Certain Extent The Good Neighbours of God in Ireland Jacqueline Borsje University of Amsterdam University of Ul...
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Chapter Five The Return of the Gods The Clash between Monotheism and Polytheism in German Romanticism Bert Blans Marcel Poorthuis Tilburg ...
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Chapter Six The Unity of God René Munnik Tilburg University
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Chapter Seven The Whole of Life Beyond the Boundaries of Monotheism? Maaike de Haardt Tilburg University Radboud University Nijmegen
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Chapter Eight One Unique God for All Parts of Life Reconsidering an Exclusive Tradition Kune Biezeveld Protestant Theological University Locatio...
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Chapter Nine Dialogical Theology as an Answer to the Aporias of Monotheism Akke van der Kooi Protestant Theological University Location Kam...
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1 Confessing to One God after Cultural Monotheism Erik Borgman Tilburg University
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Chapter Eleven The Boundaries and Gifts of Monotheism Epilogue AnneMarie Korte Tilburg University Utrecht University
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Bibliography
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Contributors
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Name Index
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Anne-Marie Korte is senior lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Department of Religious Studies and Theology of Tilburg University and honorary professor of Women ́s Studies in Theology at Utrecht University. She has published extensively in the field of religion and gender and conducts research into contemporary miracle stories. She also edited Women and Miracle Stories: A Multidiciplinary Exploration (Leiden: Brill, 2001). Maaike de Haardt is Catharina Halkes/Unie NKV professor of Religion and Gender at the Radboud University Nijmegen and lecturer in Systematic theology at the department of Religious Studies and Theology of Tilburg University. She co-edited a.o. Common Bodies: Everyday Practices, Gender and Religion (Münster: Lit, 2002). She writes on everyday life and theology, f.i."Incarnation in the City? Some Tentative Explorations of the City as a Locus for Theology" In: Journal of the ESWTR 14 (2006) 133-142.

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