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28. What Is a “God” Actually?: Some Comparative Reflections

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1. Title Title of document 28. What Is a “God” Actually?: Some Comparative Reflections - Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Einar Thomassen; University of Bergen;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; History
4. Subject Keyword(s) comparative religion; research concepts; research strategies; ’gods’
6. Description Abstract Though an essential feature of religions, the nature of ‘gods’ has not been a regular topic of systematic elaboration in comparative studies of religion. The contribution will address questions such as: what do ‘culturally postulated superhuman agents’ do when they are perceived as gods? (The answer will focus on agency, reception of worship and ontological status.) Do all such agents qualify as ‘gods’? Are monotheistic gods gods in the same way as polytheistic gods? Do all societies have gods?
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.28126
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) international,
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd