By C. Miller
Theological ideas proceed to take care of political thoughts good after these theological options are not any longer supported via belief. towns at the Plains examines a few of these thoughts within the mild of 5 various instances and places. it's either a reaction to theological issues in modern political conception and widely available exam of customary political matters touched through the divine—such as homosexual marriage, 911, or the French culture of laicit?. issues of distinction and the divine are pursued via widely regularly occurring texts (the Bible, and Gore Vidal), major texts of political idea (Plato and Augustine), and not more universal texts (Averroes). Gods, or the highbrow territory they used to occupy, are handled as vital gains of the political; contesting with those gods might help us stopover at, protect, and hope, (to paraphrase Deleuze and Guatarri) new towns and new peoples.
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He requested an account of his appearance in the eyes of the stranger: “My lord, if I have found favor in your eyes, please do not go past your servant” (Gen. 18:3–4). Abraham looked for reflection in the eyes of the stranger—a process that opened up the powers of allegory and metonymy. This reflection is, of course, a misperception, but it is an allegory, in that, it is a description of a subject under the guise of some other subject of aptly suggestive resemblance. com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-03 38 39 interrogator.
Whether God alone is sovereign,” chimed Carl Schmitt, “that is, the one who acts as his acknowledged representative on earth, or the emperor, or prince, or the people, . . com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-03 SODOM CITIES ON THE PLAINS figured as choices. But, in Genesis, Abraham did not simply obey the desires of Yahweh he intruded into the formulation of that desire. Abraham forced Yahweh to reconsider his desire to destroy the city of Sodom. Yahweh’s example challenges the conceptualization of Yahweh as a model for singular overwhelming sovereignty.
Com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-03 SODOM CITIES ON THE PLAINS care a great deal about the positioning and location of physical bodies (appropriately in a text that had such an impact on the accepted ways that bodies can touch); however, here readers are given reasons for reading narratives about human bodies as if those narratives were about something else—something more divine or mysterious. Maimonides interpreted the passages of the Bible that spoke of god as drawing near to people to mean that god came to their minds.