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Open Access Unity Or Diversity—One God Or Many? A Modern Debate

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Unity Or Diversity—One God Or Many? A Modern Debate

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This chapter proposes to discuss the tenets behind the controversy as it took form in a debate between two different protagonists. In order to contest the perception in modern scholarship, and especially in Mikalson's statement, Sourvinou-Inwood singles out some passages of Mikalson's Honor thy God: Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy. It gives a rather extensive rendition of these arguments since they lay bare the kernel of the discordance between the two positions. Then follow S'.s five major arguments against Mikalson's separative distinctions between gods under one name in view of their various epithets. The common iconographical type of each god suggests unity in representation. The conclusion based on the evidence of living religion, is that &t;this extremely implausible scenario, which makes nonsense of the way in which meaning is created out of images&t; for better or for worse appears to prevail worldwide among religious people, including Christian believers.

Keywords: Debate; God; Mikalson; protagonists; religion; Sourvinou-Inwood; unity



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