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Presence and Distance

George Pattison

in God and Being: An Enquiry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199588688
eISBN:
9780191723339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588688.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The chapter explores the idea of presence and its role in religious experience with particular reference to poetry, art, and mysticism. After an initial discussion of the notion of presence referring ... More


Possibility, Nothingness, and the Gift of Being

George Pattison

in God and Being: An Enquiry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199588688
eISBN:
9780191723339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588688.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Classical Christian theology limits what can be known of Being by embodied beings to being that has not fully actualized its potentiality. Is our knowledge of divine Being, then, merely a possible ... More


The Wave Function of a Godless Universe

Quentin Smith

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263838
eISBN:
9780191682650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter discusses the wave function of a Godless universe. It analyses the concept of nothingness, the interpretation of quantum cosmology, and Stephen Hawking's quasi-instrumentalist ... More


Overcoming Nothingness

Paul S. Fiddes

in The Creative Suffering of God

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263470
eISBN:
9780191682568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263470.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter describes the notion of ‘non-being’ or ‘negativity’ as an accompaniment to the notion of God as being, and explores some ways to overcome this nothingness. Non-being is a symbol for the ... More


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