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One Unique God For All Parts Of Life Reconsidering An Exclusive Tradition

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Although one could hardly imagine something more inclusive than the claim that there is "one God for all," current debate on the issue of monotheism shows the opposite. This chapter focuses on a special sort of exclusiveness, that is, exclusiveness that concerns a certain part of religious experiences, embedded as those are in embodied daily life. The author's point of departure is the biblical tradition which can be seen as built on an antithetical way of thinking. The chapter starts by questioning the antithetical way of thinking which forms the basis of the exclusivity of monotheism. It pays special attention to what has been brought forward as the grounds of this exclusivity. The chapter addresses the possibility of incorporating once excluded experiences into the biblically based religious tradition. Life and thus God - experiences - are too multiple to be restricted by any exclusivity whatsoever.

Keywords: biblical text; human life; monotheism; one God; religious tradition



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