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The Holy Versus the Sacred: Offering a Little Trouble for a Multiple Religious Belonging

Jonathan Weidenbaum
Published Online: 2017-02-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0010


The purpose of this essay is to illustrate a difficulty which may arise in the attempt to simultaneously identify with more than one religious tradition. Drawing upon the philosophical insights of Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas, I demonstrate how some of the most cardinal themes in one faith or theological perspective may set itself against the central notions of another. Along the way, Kierkegaard, the perennial philosophy, process theology, and even Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune are woven into the discussion.

Keywords: Theology; philosophy of religion; multiple religious belonging; Martin Buber; Emmanuel Levinas; perennial philosophy


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About the article

Received: 2016-12-23

Accepted: 2016-12-28

Published Online: 2017-02-08

Published in Print: 2017-01-26

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 134–143, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0010.

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