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Absolute Nothingness or Dynamic Emptiness: God and the 'Cult of Nothingness' in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

May, John D'Arcy (2012) Absolute Nothingness or Dynamic Emptiness: God and the 'Cult of Nothingness' in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. In: Thinking the Divine in Interreligious Encounter. Currents of Encounter (44). Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 283-300. ISBN 978 90 420 3478 5, 978 94 012 0757 7 (e-book)

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Abstract

Europeans had to overcome prejudices about Buddhism being 'nihilistic'. The concept of 'absolute nothingness' is a plausible way of speaking about God in the tradition of' negative theology'. Understood as the equivalent of divine love or 'self-emptying', it is also a paradigm for ethics.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Buddhism, śūnyatā, God, agape, ethics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr John D'Arcy May
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 04:18
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 03:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1588

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