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Abrahamic ReligionsOn the Uses and Abuses of History$
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Aaron W. Hughes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199934645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934645.001.0001

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Conclusions

Conclusions

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Abrahamic Religions
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Aaron W. Hughes

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934645.003.0008

The Conclusion makes the case that we ought to cease using the term “Abrahamic religions” because, as used in the present, it is primarily a theological neologism. However, the problem is deeper than simply the term “Abrahamic religions.” It is not the mere choice of terminology, but the category itself that needs rethinking. This rethinking must take the form of developing new conceptual modeling that avoids discrete religions interacting with one another, and instead envisages complexity and porosity between manifold subgroups.

Keywords:   Abrahamic religions, complexity, essentialism

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