Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

28. What Is a “God” Actually?: Some Comparative Reflections

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Einar Thomassen
University of Bergen

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Though an essential feature of religions, the nature of ‘gods’ has not been a regular topic of systematic elaboration in comparative studies of religion. The contribution will address questions such as: what do ‘culturally postulated superhuman agents’ do when they are perceived as gods? (The answer will focus on agency, reception of worship and ontological status.) Do all such agents qualify as ‘gods’? Are monotheistic gods gods in the same way as polytheistic gods? Do all societies have gods?

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Thomassen, Einar . 28. What Is a “God” Actually?: Some Comparative Reflections. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 365-374 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28126. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28126. Feb 2016

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