Trinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Given that this collection of essays emerged out of Drew Theological School’s tenth annual Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, our ac-knowledgment of and thanks to those who have contributed to bringing this book to publication must begin with the Theological School’s incom-parable team of administrative assistants, Michelle Campbell, Maria Ian-...
Introduction: TheWhence and theWhither of“Divine Multiplicity”
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This collection of essays is the result of work undertaken on the occasion of Drew Theological School’s tenth annual Transdisciplinary Theologi-cal Colloquium. Each fall, since the turn of the millennium, a relatively small cohort of scholars working in and around the fi elds of religion and theology have been invited to engage a specifi c theological theme of cur-...
The God Who Is (Not) One:Of Elephants, Blind Men,and Disappearing Tigers
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The relation between theology and philosophy in the West should henceforth become one neither of apologetics nor of criticism, but as the word “partners” sugg ests, fellows seeking from distinct backgrounds to understand the complex world, and the over-arching universe, in which we all, jointly, live; and the myste-—Wilfred Cantwell Smith, “Religious Pluralism in its Relation to ...
God’s Vitality: CreativeTension and the Abyss ofDiff érance within theDivine Life
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At times, there seems to be a choice set before Christian theology regard-ing how to understand those outside of Christianity: Either they are some-how in relationship with the God proclaimed by Christians, or they are not. This division is, of course, complicated by diff erent understandings of who is inside of Christianity and who is outside, as well as the exact ...
Polyphilic Pluralism:Becoming ReligiousMultiplicities
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In a small wooden box concealed behind a sliding pane in his sleeping quarters Lord Hauksbank of That Ilk kept a collection of beloved “objects of virtue,” beautiful little pieces without which a man who traveled constantly might lose his bearings, for too much travel, as Lord Hauksbank well knew, too much strangeness and novelty, could loosen the moorings of the soul . . . the silk hand-...
Abhinavagupta’sTheogrammatical Topographyof the One and the Many
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...—J.scacq.scues L.scacan, The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, III: The PsychosesFor much of the world’s history, what happens to most of us (that is, the many, the people) has actually been dictated by the one—a singular person as ruler. Countries were ruled by kings and only one could rule; brutal wars were waged over which claimant to the throne could seize the right ...
One and the Many: The Struggle toUnderstand Plurality within the IndianTradition and Its Implications for theDebate on Religious Plurality Today
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Every summer, in the month of July, the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva (Ecumenical Institute, Bossey) brings to-gether a group of about twenty Christians, Jews, and Muslims for about three weeks to live and learn together. They are also given the opportu-nity to participate in one another’s worship practices to the extent they ...
Diff erential Pluralism andTrinitarian Theologies of Religion
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The intensity of my interest in this topic stems from the reality I see before me on a regular basis. As one student with a particularly varied family and personal background said to me, “I am the many I am trying to make one.” The tradition of thought about these issues may be philosophical, but the situation on which it bears is increasingly personal and immediate. ...
Spirited Transformations:Pneumatology as a Resourcefor Comparative Theology
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In some well-meaning concepts of interreligious interaction, “the many” seem to be valued in their embodied diverse traditions only to be ultimately collapsed into a metaphysical “one.” To use the ubiquitous metaphor of the mountain whose one summit can be reached by many paths, many-ness gets displaced by the one peak of the mountain. Avalanche! When ...
Excess, Reversibility, andApophasis: Rereading Genderin Feminist Trinities
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The lines we draw are invitations to cross over and that crossing over, as any Admittedly, refl ection on the complexities of the “one and the many” in God can take on a kind of abstruseness when compared to the material injustices of everyday life: global poverty, war, and environmental degra-dation to name a few. Even if it is presumed that the “one” has a relation-...
Doxological Diversities andCanticle Multiplicities: TheTrinitarian Anthropologies ofDavid H. Kelsey and Ivone Gebara
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For the designation seraphim really teaches this—a perennial circling around the divine things, penetrating warmth, the overfl owing heat of The grand philosophical tradition examining the problem of the “One and the Many” is not something one learns in elementary school. And yet, I feel inexorably drawn to that very problem—there is something elemen-...
The Holy Spirit,the Story of God
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Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all fl esh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those My thoughts on the “one and the many,” thinking through divine multi-plicity, stem from my intuition that the practice of Christianity too often ...
Absolute Diff erence
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The question of the one or the many, per se, has very little existential traction for me, so I don’t expect much on that score from discussion of unity and diversity within the Trinity. As far as I can see, without fl eshing out their respective constitutions in greater detail, unity and diversity are mere abstractions devoid of any particular existential import. Worrying ...
Multiplicity andChristocentric Theology
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The Christian religion has been implicated in manifold forms of domina-tion, imperialism, and conquest. Powerful historical agents have repeat-edly infl ated Christian particularity into a false universal. Discussions and movements critical of the soul-scarring and sometimes death-dealing im-position of Christian particularity are always to be welcomed. However, it ...
Divine Relationality and (theMethodological Constraints of )the Gospel as Piece of News: Tracingthe Limits of Trinitarian Ethics
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She was a really cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian.The Shepherd leaves the ninety-nine, to go and seek the one who’s out walkin’ the While drowning in the all-too-familiar missed-deadline panic, having lost the woods for the trees, I was listening to a story about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim cleric spearheading plans for an Islamic community cen-...
The Universe, Raw:Saying Somethingabout Everything
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Every fall semester, in the fi rst couple of weeks of my introductory theol-ogy class, something I say in lecture triggers the elephant story. “Oh! You mean like in that story about the elephant and the blind mice!” a student says, as though some kind of light has dawned. And then she looks around at her classmates and explains, in earnest: “One mouse can describe only ...
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...1. Stephen Prothero, God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Diff erences Matter (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2010).2. For an excellent summary, see Paul O. Ingram, The Modern Buddhist- Christian Dialogue: Two Universalistic Religions in Transformation (Lewiston, Maine: 3. John Hick, An Interpretation of Religion (New Haven: Yale University Press, ...
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S. Wesley Ariarajah is Professor of Ecumenical Theology at Drew Theo-logical School. His most recent book is titled The Bible and People of Other Loriliai Biernacki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and ...
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Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller, eds., Ecospirit: Religions and Philoso-Virginia Burrus and Catherine Keller, eds., Toward a Theology of Eros: Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Eduardo Mendieta, eds., Decolonizing Epistemolo-Stephen D. Moore and Mayra Rivera, eds., Planetary Loves: Spivak, Post-Chris Boesel and Catherine Keller, eds., Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theol-...
Page Count: 364
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)