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Mystical Atheism, Idolatry, and the Nothingness of God in the Kabbalah (A lecture by Prof. Elliot Wolfson)
Date:Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Organization: Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University
Open to public
Location: Otto Maass Chemistry Building, Room 217
Address: 801 Sherbrooke Street W., Montreal
Contact: Stefka Iorgova
Phone: 5143986543

The lecture will grapple with the extent to which the discernment that the final iconoclastic achievement of monotheism, which one may elicit from kabbalistic literature, calls for destroying the idol of the very God personified as the deity that must be worshipped without being idolized. As Henri Atlan deftly expressed the paradox, “the ultimate idol is the personal God of theology . . . the only discourse about God that is not idolatrous is necessarily an atheistic discourse. Alternatively, whatever the discourse, the only God who is not an idol is a God who is not a God.”

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