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God Judging “In The Midst Of The Gods” (Psalm 82:1) Confessing To One God After Cultural Monotheism

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This chapter proposes that "Hear Israel, YHWH is our God, YHWH is one; and you shall love YHWH our God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might" has a very important point to make. It still is important to confess to God as the one-and-only. The chapter discusses Salman Rushdie's novel Fury. It shows how the pluralism that characterizes it has at least three aspects in Rushdie's view: the breaking loose of violent and often dangerous religious forces, once contained within ordered systems of belief; the exposure of and breaking away from the violence present in the monotheistic attempt to monopolize sense and meaning and exclude all multiplicity; and the insight that no group, people, culture or religion is the centre of the world and that there is a invitation inherent in this insight to surrender to dependency and heteronomy.

Keywords: God; Israel; novel Fury; Salman Rushdie



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