Panentheism across the World's Traditions

Panentheism across the World's Traditions


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Not to be confused with pantheism-the ancient Greek notion that God is everywhere, an animistic force in rocks and trees-the concept of panentheism suggests that God is both in the world, immanent, and also beyond the confines of mere matter, transcendent.

One of the fundamental premises of this groundbreaking collection of essays 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, and others-to draw out the panentheistic dimensions of these traditions and the possibilities they suggest. Panentheism is not only an esoteric, potentially heretical, and deeply mystical vision of the world's great religious pasts; it is also a key feature of contemporary global spirituality. As this volume demonstrates, the metaphors and practices associated with modern panentheism speak powerfully to the realities of our evolving species and our evolving technological world. Panentheism's enticingly heretical vision of the relationship between the divine 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199989904
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Loriliai Biernacki is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Religious Studies. Her first book, Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex and Speech in Tantra (OUP 2007) won the Kayden Award in 2008.

Philip Clayton is Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Claremont School of Theology, and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University. He is the author of The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith (OUP 2011) and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (OUP 2006).

Table of Contents

Contributor Biographies
Introduction: Panentheism Outside the Box
Chapter 1: Panentheism in the Tapestry of Traditions - Philip Clayton
Chapter 2: The Body of Panentheism - Catherine Keller
Chapter 3: The Drama of Panentheism in Shatakopan's Tiruvaymoli - Frank Clooney, S.J.
Chapter 4: Life All Around: Soul in Jainism - Christopher Key Chapple
Chapter 5: Panentheism and Hindu Tantra: Abhinavagupta's Grammatical Cosmology - Loriliai Biernacki
Chapter 6: Traces of Panentheism in Islam: Ibn al-'Arabi and the Kaleidoscope of Being - Meena Sharify-Funk and Rory Dickson
Chapter 7: Holy, Holy, Holy! Jewish Affirmations of Panentheism - Bradley Shavit Artson
Chapter 8: 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 Nongmun - Hyo-Dong Lee
Chapter 9: Panentheism and the Longevity Practices of Tibetan Buddhism - Geoffrey Samuel
Chapter 10: The Emergence of Evolutionary Panentheism - Michael Murphy

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