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Title:
Problems of religious diversity
Author:
Griffiths, Paul J.
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Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
xv, 176 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
1. Religious diversity -- Religion : some historical remarks -- Religion : a definition -- Diversity in religion -- Philosophical questions about religious diversity -- Standpoints and answers -- 2. Religious diversity and truth -- Religious claims : doctrines and teachings -- Assent and acceptance -- Truth, falsehood, incompatibility -- Parity with respect to truth : a Kantian view -- Parity with respect ot truth : a Wittgensteinean view -- Parity with respect to truth : nonreligious views -- Difference with respect to religious truth : exclusivism -- Difference with respect to religious truth : inclusivism -- A Catholic Christian argument for open inclusivism -- 3. Religious diversity and epistemic confidence -- Epistemic confidence -- Awareness of diversity -- Religious responses to the question of epistemic confidence -- Privatization -- The epistemic significance of religious diversity : a Christian view in conversation with William Alston -- 4. The religious alien -- Toleration : enduring the religious alien -- Separation : isolating the religious alien -- Conversion : domesticating the religious alien -- Christian evangelism -- 5. The question of salvation -- Pluralism -- Exclusivism -- Inclusivism -- Restrictivism and universalism.
ISBN:
9780631211495

9780631211501
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Summary

Exploring Religious Diversity analyzes the philosophical questions raised by the fact that many religions in the world often appear to contradict each other in doctrine and practice.

Analyzes the philosophical questions raised by the fact that many religions in the world often appear to contradict each other in doctrine and practice.
Evaluates the fundamental philosophical underpinnings of the debates between religious and non-religious approaches to religious diversity.
Contains a glossary that defines the book's key technical terms and how they are related to one another.


Author Notes

Paul J. Griffiths is Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has held academic posts at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago. He is author of On Being Buddha: The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood (1994) and Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion (1999).


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Griffiths (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) explores philosophical questions that arise from the fact that many religions hold contradictory beliefs. Can more than one religion be true? How can people be committed to their own faith and be tolerant of other religions? How is the degree of people's commitment to their own faith affected by a recognition of religious diversity? How does the disparity between different religious beliefs and practices affect the notion of salvation within specific religious systems? Griffiths provides a provoking introduction to these and other questions. He describes his own answers as a form of open Catholic inclusivism. Some readers will undoubtedly wish that Griffiths had dug more deeply, while others will note that the book was never intended to be more than an introduction to the subject. Its good index, footnotes, and short bibliography will lead the reader to other sources. For a book that takes a significantly different position, see Ronald Nash, Is Jesus the Only Savior? (1994). Recommended for all academic levels. R. H. Nash Reformed Theological Seminary


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Religious Diversity
Religion: Some Historical Remarks
Religion: A Definition
Diversity in Religion
Philosophical Questions About Religious Diversity
Standpoints and Answers
2 Religious Diversity and Truth
Religious Claims: Doctrines and Teachings
Assent and Acceptance
Truth, Falsehood, Incompatibility
Parity with Respect to Truth: A Kantian View
Parity with Respect to Truth: A Wittgensteinean View
Parity with Respect to Truth: Nonreligious Views
Difference with Respect to Religious Truth: Exclusivism
Difference with Respect to Religious Truth: Inclusivism
A Catholic Christian Argument for Open Inclusivism
3 Religious Diversity and Epistemic Confidence
Epistemic Confidence
Awareness of Diversity
Religious Responses to the Question of Epistemic Confidence
Privatization
A Christian View, in Conversation withWilliam Alston
4 The Religious Alien
Toleration: Enduring the Religious Alien
Separation: Isolating the Religious Alien
Conversion: Domesticating the Religious Alien
Christian Evangelism
5 The Question of Salvation
Pluralism
Exclusivism
Inclusivism
Restrictivism and Universalism
A Brief Guide to Further Reading
Glossary
Index

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