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One God Of All?: Probing Pluralist Identities

One God Of All?: Probing Pluralist Identities by Garth Hallett 0826446329 9780826446329
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The claim has repeatedly been made, and has often been contested, that a single transcendent being is present or active in all of the worlds major religions. In this view, names such as "God," "Allah," "nirvana," "Vishnu," and "Brahman" all refer to the same transcendent reality. Absent from the debate and here provided is a serious study of such claims in the light of the most pertinent philosophical literature, namely that concerning questions of identity and individuation. Of necessity, the terms that the claims employ are very general and abstract: the worlds religions, it is said, all refer to the same "thing," "being," or "reality." Although analogy, rightly understood, can back the transcendent extension of descriptive expressions such as "wise," "good," and "powerful," it cannot do likewise for expressions such as "one," "same," and "many." So pluralists identity claims appear empty. Hallett scrutinizes the soundness of this critique, its broad implications, and the possibility of replacing empty identity claims with suitable parables or comparisons.

Author: Garth Hallett

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 160

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 2010-10-21

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