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The Inclusivist Tradition

  • Alan Brill
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Abstract

Inclusivism sees other faiths as included within Jewish concepts, especially the concept of God as a philosophic monotheism. This theological monotheism allowed them to treat the first cause doctrine of the philosophers, the god of Plato and Aristotle, Christian Trinitarians, and all other people of faith as one essential unique God, even though these non-Jewish believers might have an incorrect view of the attributes of God. This inclusivism works because medieval Jewish thinkers understood the Bible as teaching a doctrine of philosophic monotheism (e.g., they understood Isaiah’s vision of God’s providence as a cosmological argument). In addition, inclusivism can view that the other religion are derivation of the Jewish concepts of revelation, ethics, or messianism. For inclusivists the biblical knowledge of these ideas were spread by the daughter religions of Christianity and Islam.

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Jewish People Natural Religion Historical Mission Jewish Religion Divine Plan 
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