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William J. Wainwright

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195138090.001.0001

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Nontheistic Conceptions of the Divine

Nontheistic Conceptions of the Divine

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Paul J. Griffiths (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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