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Open Access God The Question Of Divine Omnipotence

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God The Question Of Divine Omnipotence

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One of the most celebrated notions introduced by the École de Paris, especially by Marcel Detienne, is that according to the Greeks man's status was "between beasts and gods". Over the last two or three decades many students of Greek and Roman Antiquity have become sojourners in another world, a world in which 'the Other' is the focus: the eccentric has become the centre of interest. The general conclusion of this chapter is that no single universal and consistently valid statement can be made about any god, except that he or she is a god. Gods alternate between unimaginable sublimity and the basest human behaviour, between supernatural capabilities and occasional frailties, and swiftly they bridge the distance.

Keywords: École de Paris; God; Marcel Detienne



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