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dc.contributor.authorThomas, Khaaliq
dc.date.accessioned2024-05-29T13:07:30Z
dc.date.available2024-05-29T13:07:30Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10898/13884
dc.description2024
dc.description.abstractABSTRACT KHAALIQ THOMAS A CONSTRUCTIVE, GENEROUS, AND COMAPSSIONATE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Under the direction of ANGELA N. PARKER, Ph.D. Since God is not something that can be geographically located to determine if what which has been said about God is truthful, we are left with the project of conceptualizing who and what God is and what God can be. Therefore, since God is manifested from the human imagination it is a product of human weakness. With religious fundamentalists concepts of God that inspire hate, violence, division, asceticism, and oppressive group thinking, the theological imagination is too weak of a tool to accurately depict God in reality. The religious fundamentalists have constricted the concept of God making it difficult for God to function in our modern world and appeal to contemporary minds. The need to conceptualize a God that exists outside religion is essential to the functionality and relevance of a supreme being for today. Since it is the human mind, body, and spirit that encounters and conceptualizes God it is appropriate to theorize a God that is discovered through the activity of self-exploration and the exercise of human authenticity. A constructive, generous, and compassionate concept of God is one where the process of deconstruction takes place. It means eliminating the notion of ultimate truth and embracing ultimate wonder and uncertainty by taking God outside religion. It means knowing God empirically more than through scripture. It means allowing God to inform the believer of what it is and not the believer placing an identity upon God.
dc.publisherMercer University
dc.subjectTheology
dc.subjectPhilosophy of Religion
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectauthenticity and religion, Concept of God, God and the authentic self
dc.titleA Constructive, Compassionate, Generous Understanding of God for the 21st Century
dc.typedissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2024-04-17T22:07:48Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
refterms.dateFOA2024-05-29T13:07:31Z
dc.contributor.departmentMcAfee School of Theology
dc.description.advisorParker, Ph.D., Angela N.
dc.description.committeeWalker Jr., Ph.D., Graham B.
dc.description.committeeDeloach, D.Min., C. Gregory
dc.description.degreeM.T.S.


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