Anthropomorphic Depictions of God: The Concept of God in by Zulfiqar Ali Shah

By Zulfiqar Ali Shah

This huge examine examines problems with anthropomorphism within the 3 Abrahamic Faiths, as considered during the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the recent testomony and the Qur’an. all through historical past Christianity and Judaism have attempted to make experience of God. whereas juxtaposing the Islamic place in contrast, the writer addresses the Judeo-Christian worldview and the way every one has selected to framework its come across with God, to what volume this has been the results of genuine scripture and to what quantity the made from theological debate, or church decrees of later centuries and absorption of Hellenistic philosophy. Shah additionally examines Islam’s seriously anti-anthropomorphic stance and Islamic theological discourse on Tawhid in addition to the Ninety-Nine Names of God and what those have intended on the subject of Muslim knowing of God and His attributes. Describing how those grew to become the touchstone of Muslim discourse with Judaism and Christianity he evaluations theological statements and views that got here to dilute if now not counter strict monotheism. As secularism debates even if God is lifeless, the problem of anthropomorphism has turn into of tremendous significance. the search for God, specially nowadays, is in part one in every of highbrow longing. To Shah, anthropomorphic suggestions and corporeal depictions of the Divine are might be one of the best elements of contemporary atheism. As such he eventually attracts the belief that the postmodern eager for God aren't quenched via pre-modern anthropomorphic and corporeal ideas of the Divine that have easily introduced God right down to this cosmos, with an actual old functionality and a distinctive place, lowering the highbrow and non secular strength of what God is and represents, inflicting the soul to detract from a feeling of the sacred and thereby trust in Him.

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