The feminine in the making of God : Highlighting the sensible topography of divinity

Martin, Paul C. (2012). The feminine in the making of God : Highlighting the sensible topography of divinity. , Papers and Publications of Former UQ Staff and Postgraduate Students, The University of Queensland.

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Author Martin, Paul C.
Title The feminine in the making of God : Highlighting the sensible topography of divinity
School, Department or Centre Papers and Publications of Former UQ Staff and Postgraduate Students
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-07-20
Publisher The University of Queensland
Start page 1
End page 34
Total pages 34
Language eng
Subject 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
220404 Jewish Studies
220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract What does it mean to talk of the power of God in relation to the human self? The discourses generated by the Jewish and Christian tradition about the capacity for divinity have been mainly promulgated by men, and have more often than not served to exclude women cognitively, practically, and spiritually. As a result they have been made powerless in the face of God’s presence. It is possible to look to ideas developed in Hindu Tantra for comparative notions of power (shakti) which can redeem the place of God for women. The path of divine consciousness is effectively illustrated by an imaginary and somatic awareness, by a devout attention to the play of light in the soul. In this paper I propose to read the assignment of energy and force within conceptions of divinity through the lens of a poststructuralist realization, using the work of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and Luce Irigaray.

Keyword Gilles Deleuze
Felix Guattari
Michel Foucault
Gender and God
Goddess
Holy Spirit
Luce Irigaray
Kabbalah
Shakta Tantra
Shekhinah
Shakti
Thealogy
Zohar
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This paper is basically an exercise in metaphorical writing, and one reader has called it 'creative theology'. Version 1 published 12 April 2011.

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