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Introduction To Part II

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The idea of the existence of God appears to respond to a fundamental dilemma provoked by the experience of being human. The boundaries which serve to define our 'selves' are somehow subsumed by the notion of a divine being which both reflects the qualities of human existence and asserts a reality of infinite eternity in which boundaries dissolve. The divine pushes the notion of language out to its 'logical' paradoxical end. Transgressing the boundaries set up by the textualization and institutionalization of the traditions in order to re-invigorate the concept of the divine then becomes one of the tasks of the inventive reader. The act of re-reading must be a continual one, therefore, the religious traditions have always emphasized in their ideas of orality and liturgy; in this way the text stays alive, always able to respond to human concerns of the day.

Keywords: divine; human existence



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