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The Power Dialectic

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199255696
eISBN:
9780191602429
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199255695.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Develops the theme of divine power raised in the previous chapter. Is God for Calvin a tyrant, a God of pure will? In the light of a consideration of the mediaeval 'power dialectic between God's ... More


God and Metatron

Peter Schäfer

in The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153902
eISBN:
9781400842285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153902.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter focuses on Metatron, that enigmatic figure assuming the title “Lesser God.” It begins with an analysis of a midrash transmitted only in the Bavli, in which Rav Idith—a Babylonian amora ... More


Eusebius of Caesarea: Power and Progress

J. REBECCA LYMAN

in Christology and Cosmology: Models of Divine Activity in Origen, Eusebius, and Athanasius

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267454
eISBN:
9780191683275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267454.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The most recurrent description of Eusebius' theology is ‘old-fashioned’; it is usually summarized as a mixture of biblical exegesis, simplified Origenism, and uncritical Platonism. From his earliest ... More


Divine Power and Creativity

Keith Ward

in Religion and Creation

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263937
eISBN:
9780191682681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

Revelation has been characterized as the communication of truths beyond normal human cognitive capacity. This chapter argues that the basic truths of revelation are those which describe the nature of ... More


The Angels

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199255696
eISBN:
9780191602429
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199255695.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Rather surprisingly, Calvin's consideration of angels provides a window into his attitude to divine and human righteousness, divine power, human merit, and the Fall. It reveals his indebtedness to ... More


The Young and the Old God

Peter Schäfer

in The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153902
eISBN:
9781400842285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153902.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter looks at the problem faced by the rabbis when they were confronted with the fact that the God of the Hebrew Bible assumes various guises, using the example of a relatively early ... More


Contested Meanings and Definitional Boundaries: Historicizing the Sociology of Religion

Meredith B. McGuire

in Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195172621
eISBN:
9780199851942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the nature of religion and religiosity in Europe before the Reformation era. It analyzes four specific issues that are important for understanding what scholars believe is ... More


Christian Healing in the Shadow of Modern Technology and Science

Amanda Porterfield

in Healing in the History of Christianity

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195157185
eISBN:
9780199850389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The new authority of science and the appeal of science-based technologies altered the way many Christians thought about healing. In the 18th century, Christian understanding of healing began to ... More


Divine Power: The Medieval Power Distinction up to its Adoption by Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas

Lawrence Moonan

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267553
eISBN:
9780191683282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

What can or can't God do? What flexibility is there in the precise manner by which he executes his decrees? This book is a radically new interpretation of one of the key concepts of medieval ... More


The Prodigious Hermaphrodite

Anthony Corbeill

in Sexing the World: Grammatical Gender and Biological Sex in Ancient Rome

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691163222
eISBN:
9781400852468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163222.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the change in attitudes toward the human hermaphrodite that extant texts depict as occurring in the transition between the periods of the late Roman Republic and early Roman ... More


Sacred Power, Sacred Space: An Introduction to Christian Architecture and Worship

Jeanne Halgren Kilde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314694
eISBN:
9780199851867
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314694.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book is a survey of church architecture unlike any other. Its main concern is not the buildings themselves, but rather the dynamic character of Christianity and how church buildings shape and ... More


The Illuminations of Theurgy: Philosophy and Magic

Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

in Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780691156934
eISBN:
9780691186092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691156934.003.0010
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter focuses on ancient ideas of theurgy. From the uses of the term in the ancient evidence, “theurgy” may be defined as the art or practice of ritually creating a connection between the ... More


Sexing the World: Grammatical Gender and Biological Sex in Ancient Rome

Anthony Corbeill

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691163222
eISBN:
9781400852468
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163222.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

From the moment a child in ancient Rome began to speak Latin, the surrounding world became populated with objects possessing grammatical gender—masculine eyes (oculi), feminine trees (arbores), ... More


The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture

Richard von Glahn

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234086
eISBN:
9780520928770
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234086.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble ... More


What is a Graeco-Roman Festival?: A Polythetic Approach

Jon W. Iddeng

in Greek and Roman Festivals: Content, Meaning, and Practice

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199696093
eISBN:
9780191745744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter sets out to make a polythetic definition of a festival in ancient times. It argues that a Greco-Roman festival can be defined as a socio-religious phenomenon, containing certain physical ... More


Introduction

J. REBECCA LYMAN

in Christology and Cosmology: Models of Divine Activity in Origen, Eusebius, and Athanasius

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267454
eISBN:
9780191683275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267454.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter discusses the early Christian cosmologies. It begins by describing the ancient theological and philosophical perspectives. The traditional opposition between biblical voluntarism and ... More


Divine Power in Origen of Alexandria: Sources and Aftermath

Ilaria L. E. Ramelli

in Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198767206
eISBN:
9780191821370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767206.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter argues for the internal unity of ‘pagan’ and Christian Platonic investigations into the topic of divine powers, by focusing on Origen of Alexandria’s doctrine, his sources (Justin and ... More


Divine Omnipotence

Seymour Feldman

in Gersonides: Judaism within the Limits of Reason

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113447
eISBN:
9781800340152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113447.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the question, “Is Anything Impossible for the Lord?” It points out that the very first sentence of the Bible seems to give a definitive answer to the question: God created the ... More


Iamblichus on Divination: Divine Power and Human Intuition

Peter T. Struck

in Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198767206
eISBN:
9780191821370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767206.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter argues that Iamblichus draws a distinction between two opposed types of divination: on the one hand, ‘true’ or ‘divine’ or ‘authentic’ divination, which is anchored solely to divine ... More


Healing and Protective Magic: Defense against the Dark Arts

Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

in Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780691156934
eISBN:
9780691186092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691156934.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter looks at the tradition of protective and healing magic in the Greco-Roman world. While normal strategies of defense and protection against one's enemies and the ordinary perils of life ... More


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