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Commentary: Paradoxical Dimensions of Religious Experience

Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox: Learning from Belief and Science, Part A

ISBN: 978-1-80117-184-7, eISBN: 978-1-80117-183-0

Publication date: 8 July 2021

Abstract

In this commentary, the authors introduce certain paradoxes of religious experience, ways the sacred is both attractive and repulsive, how there are urges to merge with the divine and to meaningfully change the world, how sacred power is both ineffable and accessible, how the divine can best be understood as a coincidence of opposites, how there is both good and evil in the world, and how religions sometimes proclaim peace yet instigate wars. The authors link these paradoxes with the contributions of the chapters in this volume on religion and philosophy. On the basis of both our and the chapters’ contributions the authors demonstrate several domains where religious paradox adds important insights to organizational approaches to paradox.

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Acknowledgments

We thank Rebecca Bednarek, Meg Guider, Muhammad Khan, Nozomi Miura, and Penina Wambale for their helpful suggestions

Citation

Bartunek, J.M. and Frohlich, M. (2021), "Commentary: Paradoxical Dimensions of Religious Experience", Bednarek, R., e Cunha, M.P., Schad, J. and Smith, W.K. (Ed.) Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox: Learning from Belief and Science, Part A (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 73a), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 113-125. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X2021000073a008

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