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Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine

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ISBN: 9780429423093 9781472453983 9780429750953 9780429750939 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780429423093 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Religion
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The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781472453983, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative 4.0 license. Experiences of hearing the voice of God (or angels, demons, or other spiritual beings) have generally been understood either as religious experiences or else as a feature of mental illness. Some critics of traditional religious faith have dismissed the visions and voices attributed to biblical characters and saints as evidence of mental disorder. However, it is now known that many ordinary people, with no other evidence of mental disorder, also hear voices and that these voices not infrequently include spiritual or religious content. Psychological and interdisciplinary research has shed a revealing light on these experiences in recent years, so that we now know much more about the phenomenon of "hearing voices" than ever before. The present work considers biblical, historical, and scientific accounts of spiritual and mystical experiences of voice hearing in the Christian tradition in order to explore how some voices may be understood theologically as revelatory. It is proposed that in the incarnation, Christian faith finds both an understanding of what it is to be fully human (a theological anthropology), and God’s perfect self-disclosure (revelation). Within such an understanding, revelatory voices represent a key point of interpersonal encounter between human beings and God.

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gods --- avhs --- visionary --- experience --- hebrew --- scripture --- temporal --- lobe --- epilepsy --- religious

God and Humans in Islamic Thought

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Book Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East ISBN: 9780203965375 9780415400282 9780415663885 9781134146765 9781134146758 9781134146710 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203965375 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Sociology --- Religion --- Science (General)
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Winner of The Iranian World Prize for the Book of the Year 2007 in the Philosophy and Mysticism category. This new and original text provides a timely re-examination of Islamic thought, presenting a stark contrast to the more usual conservative view. The explanation of the relationship between God and humans, as portrayed in Islam, is often influenced by the images of God and of human beings which theologians, philosophers and mystics have in mind. The early period of Islam reveals a diversity of interpretations of this relationship. Elkaisy-Friemuth discusses the view of three scholars from the tenth and eleventh century: Abd al-Jabbar, Ibn Sina and Al-Ghazali, which introduce three different approaches of looking at the relationship between God and Humans. God and Humans in Islamic Thought attempts to shed light on an important side of medieval rational thought in demonstrating its significance in forming the basis of an understanding of the nature of God, the nature of human beings and the construction of different bridges between them.

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divine --- assistance --- eternal --- knowledge --- world --- soul --- abd --- jabbar --- gods --- essence

Zeus and the Giant Iced Tea

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Book Series: Mingling Voices ISSN: 19179413 ISBN: 9781897425947 9781897425954 9781926836331 Year: Pages: 185 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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Crafting wings out of wax and poems from the underground, Zeus and the Giant Iced Tea is a dreamlike voyage through poetic narrative format, blurring the line between poetry and fiction. Exploring the frenetic lives of Mexican cowboys, robots, sultans, Greek gods, and convenience store clerks, Zeus and the Giant Iced Tea shatters preconceived notions of poetry and instead offers a more accessible strain of literary free flow.

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