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Dialogical Theology As An Answer To The Aporias Of Monotheism

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This chapter discusses whether, despite all pertinent criticism, we can nevertheless talk about an unrelinquishable element of truth in monotheism as it has been expressed in the biblical belief in God. In author views, the path of biblical monotheism extending to the New Testament and rabbinical literature can also be read as a counter-history against demonic powers, a counter-history which stayed alive in various ways in Judaism and Christianity. In the past few decades this has been particularly emphasised by political theology and liberation theology. Paul opens up an avenue to a biblical foundation and explanation of the dialogical character of belief in God. After a brief historical description of the way in which dialogical thought was incorporated in theology, the chapter uses two present-day examples of dialogical theology to indicate that it involves a truth-disclosing style of believing, reading the Bible, and practising theology.

Keywords: Christianity; dialogical theology; God; Judaism; New Testament; rabbinical literature



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