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God at Play: Seeing God Through the Lens of the Young Krishna

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Abstract:  This article begins with the absence of biblical stories about Jesus' youth. This lack means that typical boyhood characteristics, such as playfulness, are absent from a traditional Christian picture of the divine. Using the lens of stories told about Krishna's youth in the Bhagavata Purana, I suggest that Christians could learn from the Hindu idea of a “god at play,” as such a concept enhances a Christian understanding of who God has revealed Godself to be, and how Christians are called to be in relationship to God.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Kristin Johnston Largen is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She is the current editor of 

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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