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A ‘No’ at the Core of Life

Doing Transreligious Theology with William James

Jonathan Weidenbaum
Published Online: 2016-04-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0017


The purpose of this essay is to unpack the relevance of William James for the project of a transreligious theology. While the resources of reason and spiritual experience have long been employed to arbitrate both within and between different spiritual traditions, I argue that James offers a third principle: the encouragement of the morally active life, along with a corresponding depiction of the universe in which our efforts may contribute to the nature of things.

Keywords: theology; philosophy of religion; transreligious theology; William James; ethics


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About the article

Received: 2016-01-20

Accepted: 2016-03-21

Published Online: 2016-04-25

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0017.

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©2016 Jonathan Weidenbaum. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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