The savage side: Reclaiming violent models of God

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Title: The savage side: Reclaiming violent models of God
Author: Carroll, Beverlee Jill
Advisor: Wyschogrod, Edith
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy thesis
Abstract: The goal of this work is to revive a version of natural theology, and to retheorize violence within a religious context in a way that accords with the multiple and varied, but universal human experience of violence in the natural world. Using the nature writing of Annie Dillard and the philosophical categories of Emmanuel Levinas, I propose models of deity based on violence in the natural world, and use these models to critique those offered by a dominant strand of American feminist religious thought. Finally, I argue that the religious vision that accompanies violent models of deity, unlike that of dominant feminist thought, accommodates in significant ways the insights of important critiques of religion.
Citation: Carroll, Beverlee Jill. (1994) "The savage side: Reclaiming violent models of God." Doctoral Thesis, Rice University.
Date: 1994

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