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Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity

Kimberley Christine Patton


In many of the world's religions, both polytheistic and monotheistic, a seemingly enigmatic and paradoxical image is found—that of the god who worships. Various interpretations of this seeming paradox have been advanced. Some suggest that it represents sacrifice to a higher deity. Proponents of anthropomorphic projection say that the gods are just “big people” and that images of human religious action are simply projected onto the deities. However, such explanations do not do justice to the complexity and diversity of this phenomenon. This book takes up anew a longstanding challenge in ancient ... More

Keywords: god who worships, ancient Greece, iconography, Olympian gods, Vedic gods, Zurvan, Odin, Christ, Allah, divine reflexivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195091069
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberley Christine Patton, author
Harvard University
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