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Attitudes Toward God

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This chapter presents the various images of God from a theoretical vantage point. It describes the results of our empirical investigation of these God attitudes. The chapter examines the social location of these God-attitudes. It describes the theoretical perspective of God images based on these categories: iconic versus aniconic , anthropomorphic versus non-anthropomorphic , transcendent immanence versus immanent transcendence and the three-fold God-world relations Only four images of God appeared to be the ones that are present in our respondents consciousness, namely: theism, panentheism, metatheism, and pantheism. The chapter indicates that our respondents strongly adhere to a panentheistic God image. The chapter describes that metatheism is likewise favourably accepted by our Catholic respondents. Results of the analysis also demonstrate variances and diversity particularly if seen from the social location of our population.

Keywords: aniconic God images; anthropomorphic images; God attitudes; Iconic God images; immanent transcendence God images; metatheism; non-anthropomorphic images; panentheism; pantheism; transcendent immanence God images

10.1163/ej.9789004184701.i-320.13
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