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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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Theology without Theos

Theology without Theos

89 Theology without Theos
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter deals with the theology of the idolatry of nature. The “theology” of Chinese medicine gives answers that believers in the churches of conventional religion have to live without. However, this “theology” is not theology, because it has no theos. It is a religion, because it makes the individual's integration in the greater whole understandable. Therefore, the churches become superfluous and the yin-yang provides answers to the questions of existence, purpose, relationship to the universe, and the future. The cyclical ideas of yin-yang and the five agents promise hope. This hope is much needed in this era, when bad news is heard or read daily. With increasingly more chemistry, technology, and energy requirements, the concern that remains, is the question, how can the environment ever recover.

Keywords:   theology, nature, theos, yin-yang, environment

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