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FT-228914-15
Re-visioning Theological Conceptions of the Human
Michelle Voss Roberts, Wake Forest University

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Blurry Vision as Transcendence: Lessons from Kashmir Saivism (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Blurry Vision as Transcendence: Lessons from Kashmir Saivism
Author: Michelle Voss Roberts
Abstract: This paper tests the conference’s hypothesis regarding varieties of transcendence as cosmomorphic, sociomorphic, and noomorphic (Hypothesis No. 2) and their presence across religious traditions (Hypothesis No. 7) in relation to the Kashmir Saiva anthropology of thirty-six categories (tattvas). A heuristic use of the cosmomorphic, sociomorphic, and noomorphic finds all three present in Kashmir Saiva thought, integrally related to one another through a principle of homology. If a scholar were to look only for these three dimensions of human experience and transcendence, however, one would miss important dimensions of this rich anthropology that come to the fore when we consider the blurry zones of consciousness. The paper therefore offers suggestions for developing the hypothesis in relation to the Kashmir Saiva kancukas or limitations.
Date: 07/01/2016
Conference Name: "God or the Divine" at the University of Münster, Germany.

Body as Image of God: Comparative Reflections on Kashmir Saiva Anthropology (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Body as Image of God: Comparative Reflections on Kashmir Saiva Anthropology
Author: Michelle Voss Roberts
Abstract: Christian feminist theologians and theologians of disability observe that most definitions of the idea that human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) exclude certain people from meeting the full realization of this image--especially women, children, racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. This paper considers what Christian theology can learn about the image metaphor in light of the parallel Kashmir Saiva Hindu notion of reflection (bimba/pratibimba). In particular, the comparison suggests that the image contains many facets, that all of them can be framed in terms of embodiment, and that both limitation and the material elements have a foundational role.
Date: 06/27/2016
Conference Name: Symposium on Divinity and the Body. Ljubljana, Slovenia.


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