Panentheism across the Worlds Traditions

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EditorLoriliai Biernacki, Philip Clayton

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Loriliai Biernacki and Philip Clayton offer a collection of groundbreaking new essays on panentheism. Not to be confused with pantheism - the ancient Greek notion that God is everywhere, an animistic force in rocks and trees - panentheism suggests that God is both in the world, immanent, andalso beyond the confines of mere matter, transcendent. One of the fundamental premises in this book is that panentheism, despite being unlabeled until the nineteenth century, is not merely a modern Western invention. The contributors examine a number of the world's established and ancient religious traditions - Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism,among others - to draw out the panentheistic dimensions of these traditions and the possibilities they suggest. Panentheism is not simply an esoteric, potentially heretical, and habitually mystical vision of the world's great religious pasts; it persists today with a proper name and a lineage. As this volume demonstrates, a new paradigm is emerging in modern panentheism, one eminently suited to a world view that can no longer shake off the realities of our evolving species and our evolving technological world. Panentheism's enticingly heretical vision of the relationship between thedivine and matter has historically been denied a serious place in scholarship. As Panentheism across the World's Traditions shows, the dynamism between matter and spirit that panentheism offers has had a profound influence in the modern world.

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Loriliai Biernacki and Philip Clayton offer a collection of groundbreaking new essays on panentheism. Not to be confused with pantheism - the ancient Greek notion that God is everywhere, an animistic force in rocks and trees - panentheism suggests that God is both in the world, immanent, andalso beyond the confines of mere matter, tran...

Loriliai Biernacki is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Philip Clayton is Dean of Faculty at the Claremont School of Theology and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199989904

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Contributor BiographiesIntroduction: Panentheism Outside the Box1. Philip Clayton: Panentheism in the Tapestry of Traditions2. Catherine Keller: The Body of Panentheism3. Frank Clooney: The Drama of Panentheism4. Christopher Key Chapple: Life All Around: Soul in Jainism5. Loriliai Biernacki: Panentheism and Hindu Tantra: Abhinavagupta's Grammatical Cosmology6. Meena Sharify-Funk and Rory Dickson: Traces of Panentheism in Islam: Ibn al-'Arabi and the Kaleidoscope of Being7. Bradley Shavit Artson: Holy, Holy, Holy! Jewish Affirmations of Panentheism8. Hyo-Dong Lee: The Heart-Mind of the Way and the Human Heart-Mind Are Non-Dual: A Reflection on the Neo-Confucian ''Panentheism'' of Zhu Xi and Nongmun9. Geoffrey Samuel: Panentheism and the Longevity Practices of Tibetan Buddhism10. Michael Murphy: The Emergence of Evolutionary PanentheismIndex