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Circling the ElephantA Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity$
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John J. Thatamanil

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288526

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288526.001.0001

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God as Ground, Singularity, and Relation

God as Ground, Singularity, and Relation

Trinity and Religious Diversity

(p.213) 7 God as Ground, Singularity, and Relation
Circling the Elephant

John J. Thatamanil

Fordham University Press

This chapter is the culmination of the book. What previous chapters called for—the integration of theology of religious diversity, comparative theology, and constructive theology—this chapter performs. It offers a new constructive theology of the trinity, a theology of the trinity that is worked out with the help of Hindus and Buddhists. Such a theology is simultaneously a way to think about religious neighbors, a way of learning from those neighbors, and a way to reimagine the divine life. Specifically, this chapter advocates an account of God/ultimate reality as ground, singularity, and relation. Although these features of the divine life can be discerned across traditions, this chapter argues that certain strands of particular traditions focus on one account of ultimacy at the relative expense of others. But this degree of focus is precisely what makes interreligious learning possible, necessary, and rewarding.

Keywords:   Advaita Vedanta, The Bhagavad Gita, constructive theology, Dzogchen, ground, Madhyamaka Buddhism, Mipam, relation, singularity, Trinity

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