Of God and Man
Of God and Man
ISBN: 978-0-745-69572-3 August 2015 Polity 180 Pages
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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