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Divine MultiplicityTrinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation$
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Chris Boesel and S. Wesley Ariarajah

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253951

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253951.001.0001

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One and the Many

One and the Many

The Struggle to Understand Plurality within the Indian Tradition and Its Implications for the Debate on Religious Plurality Today

(p.106) One and the Many
Divine Multiplicity

S. Wesley Ariarajah

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This chapter questions the pluralist interpretation of the Trinity and examines the assumption that the answer may lie in moving toward a theology of divine multiplicity. It suggests that positing divine multiplicity is not necessary to developing a healthy and positive understanding of plurality and to respecting religious diversity in all its dimensions. The chapter also examines the nature of “religious ends” (salvations, liberation, release, etc.) and asks whether it is appropriate to look for divine multiplicity as a way to give them some form of ultimate significance. It sets out a position that it is possible to conceive a common destiny for all human life, as also for the cosmos, if we approach the issue of plurality from a different angle. It attempts to do so by looking for clues and insights on “the one and the many” within the Indian philosophic tradition.

Keywords:   Trinity, pluralism, Trinitarian theology, divine multiplicity, Indian philosophy

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