Title

“I Am the Ghost Who E’er Denies”: An Exodus-based Biblical Sociology of Religion and Its Role in Society

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-31-2017

Abstract

This article argues that a study of the role of religion in society has to start with an understanding of the discursive encounter with the Sacred. This paradoxical encounter with the God who is, and is not, is the foundation of imagining a society in which possibilities and impossibilities remain in constant dialogue. In conversation with society, religion offers viewpoints that deconstruct and reconstruct social contracts and values. Religion is the “Ghost who e’er denies” in the sense of a Hegelian dialectic whose center is the productive imagination.

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