Theology without <i>Theos</i>

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI:
Theology without Theos

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This chapter deals with the theology of the idolatry of nature. The “theology” of Chinese medicine gives answers that believers in the churches of conventional religion have to live without. However, this “theology” is not theology, because it has no theos. It is a religion, because it makes the individual's integration in the greater whole understandable. Therefore, the churches become superfluous and the yin-yang provides answers to the questions of existence, purpose, relationship to the universe, and the future. The cyclical ideas of yin-yang and the five agents promise hope. This hope is much needed in this era, when bad news is heard or read daily. With increasingly more chemistry, technology, and energy requirements, the concern that remains, is the question, how can the environment ever recover.

Keywords: theology; nature; theos; yin-yang; environment

Chapter.  524 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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