Of God and Man
Of God and Man
ISBN: 978-0-745-69572-3 August 2015 Polity 180 Pages
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While starting from different places, Bauman and Obirek are driven by the same concern to reconcile the multiplicity of religions with the oneness of humanity, and to do so in a way that avoids the trap of adhering to a single truth, bearing witness instead to the multiplicity of human truths and the diversity of cultures and faiths. For everything creative in human existence has its roots in human diversity; it is not human diversity that turns brother against brother but the refusal of it. The fundamental condition of peace, solidarity and benevolent cooperation among human beings is a willingness to accept that there is a multiplicity of ways of being human, and a willingness to accept the model of coexistence that this multiplicity requires.
Table of contents
I Preliminary Measures 1
II What about This Religion? On the Threat of Fundamentalism – Not Only the Religious Kind 14
III The Literati in Aid of Blundering Thought 34
IV Sources of Hope 46
V Fusion of Horizons 67
VI The Disinherited; or, Creating Tradition Anew 81
VII God or Gods? The Gentle Face of Polytheism 107
Without Conclusions 115
"Engaging and thoroughly thought-provoking, stimulating and brimming with a theological analysis that is ultimately enticing to say the least, Of God and Man, is many things – predominantly that of a search for clarity and some kind of behavioural understanding."
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