Nature, impersonality, and absence in the theology of highest clarity daoism


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013. This essay describes salient features of the theological vision of the Way of Highest Clarity (Shangqing Dao), a Daoist religious movement that began in the late fourth century of the common era. The tradition emphasized the visualization of gods in the body, and the correspondence between bodies, mountains and stars. The essay focuses on the theological representation space, in particular, the inner spaces of the body, the inner spaces of the earth, and the outer space of the heavens. It argues, based on an original reading of primary sources, that Highest Clarity Daoists imagined these locative absences as the ‘ways-through’ or pervasions of the ultimate metaphysical absence of the Dao.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miller, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities

Start / End Page

  • 669 - 680

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9789400752184

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-94-007-5219-1_54

Citation Source

  • Scopus