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A Paradox in the Name of God

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Title: A Paradox in the Name of God
Authors: Herbert, Alan
Instructor: Chakrabarti, Arindam
Issue Date: 05 May 2011
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: In most theistic religions, the name of God (or the thousand names of God, etc.) has both a ritual-practical as well as a doctrinal-metaphysical importance. In prayers and hymns religious practitioners use names of God with full commitment and yet when it comes to speculate theories based on religious experience, many of them say that God is beyond the reach of any language and therefore cannot be named. With this in mind, the central puzzle in this thesis arises out of the tendency among believers to regard, on the one hand, that no name can really refer to God and yet, on the other hand, God's name or names refer to God so intrinsically that name and names are as if identical.
Pages/Duration: 92 pages
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