Nontheistic Conceptions of the Divine

Paul J. Griffiths

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195138092
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835348 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Nontheistic Conceptions of the Divine

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This chapter defines nontheistic conceptions of the divine as those that depart significantly in vocabulary and conceptuality from the ways of naming the divine characteristic of the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). It treats three examples: the Mimamsa understanding of the Vedic text; the nondual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta with special attention to Sankara; and a particular Buddhist understanding of the Buddha’s person.

Keywords: advaita (nonduality); Buddha; Mimamsa; Sankara; Vedanta

Chapter.  10154 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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