Anthropomorphic depictions of God : the concept of God in Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions : representing the unrepresentable /

Shah, Zulfiqar Ali,

Anthropomorphic depictions of God : the concept of God in Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions : representing the unrepresentable / [print] God Concept of God in Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions Zulfiqar Ali Shah. - London ; Washington : International Institute of Islamic Thought, [(c)2012. - xxxv, 727 pages ; 23 cm

1. ANTHROPOMORPHISM: BACKGROUND, CRITICISM, AND DelawareFINING CaliforniaTEGORIES Anthropomorphism Incarnation Transcendence Transcendence: A philosophical interpretation immanence 2. TRANSCENDENTAL AND ANTHROPOMORPHIC TENDENCIES Indiana THE HEBREW BIBLE The Bible: An introduction The "Law" or the "Torah": significance and authority Contemporary Jews and the authority of the Torah Reform or progressive Judaism Conservative Judaism The Hebrew Bible and Christianity The Marcionist response The official response The liberalist response Authority in Christianity Conclusion The Hebrew Bible and the transcendence of God The unity of God and the Hebrew Bible Anthropomorphism and the Hebrew Bible Anthropomorphism and the Rabbinic mind.

This monumental study examines issues of anthropomorphism in the three Abrahamic Faiths, as viewed through the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur an. Throughout history Christianity and Judaism have tried to make sense of God. While juxtaposing the Islamic position against this, the author addresses the Judeo-Christian worldview and how each has chosen to framework its encounter with God, to what extent this has been the result of actual scripture and to what extent the product of theological debate, or church decrees of later centuries and absorption of Hellenistic philosophy. Shah also examines Islam s heavily anti-anthropomorphic stance and Islamic theological discourse on Tawhid as well as the Ninety-Nine Names of God and what these have meant in relation to Muslim understanding of God and His attributes. Describing how these became the touchstone of Muslim discourse with Judaism and Christianity he critiques theological statements and perspectives that came to dilute if not counter strict monotheism. As secularism debates whether God is dead, the issue of anthropomorphism has become of immense importance. The quest for God, especially in this day and age, is partly one of intellectual longing. To Shah, anthropomorphic concepts and corporeal depictions of the Divine are perhaps among the leading factors of modern atheism. As such he ultimately draws the conclusion that the postmodern longing for God will not be quenched by pre-modern anthropomorphic and corporeal concepts of the Divine which have simply brought God down to this cosmos, with a precise historical function and a specified location, reducing the intellectual and spiritual force of what God is and represents, causing the soul to detract from a sense of the sacred and thereby belief in Him.

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