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Religious Truth and Identity in an Age of Plurality

ISBN 9780367029371
Published August 22, 2019 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

This book deals with the intellectual aspects of having diverse religious expressions in proximity and the socio-political consequences. It provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on this complex subject, cross-fertilizing work on religious plurality with truth-claims from theologians as well as philosophers from the continental and analytic traditions.

The book includes three major parts. Part 1 explores the ideas around religious diversity and truth; Part 2 draws out the epistemic import of religious diversity; and Part 3 concludes the volume by examining the practical and social aspects of religious diversity.

Bringing a transdisciplinary perspective to a topic that remains at the forefront of conversation around the religious life of the world, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Religious Studies, Theology and the Philosophy of Religion.

Table of Contents


General Introduction

Peter Jonkers and Oliver J. Wiertz

Part I: Religious Diversity and Truth

Chapter 1: Introduction to Part I. The Truth-Aptness of Religious Discourse and the Problem of Realism in Relation to Religious Diversity and Pluralism.

Sami Pihlström

Chapter 2: Truth, Suffering and Religious Diversity. A Pragmatist Perspective

Sami Pihlström

Chapter 3: Truth, Meaning and Interreligious Understanding

Åke Wahlberg

Chapter 4: Belief as an Artefact. Implications for Religious Diversity

Elena Kalmykova

Chapter 5: Maimonides and Kierkegaard on Fictionalism, Divine Hiddenness and the Scope for Interreligious Dialogue

Nehama Verbin

Part II: Epistemic Consequences of Religious Diversity

Chapter 6: Introduction to Part II. The Epistemic Consequences of Religious Diversity.

Katherine Dormandy and Oliver J. Wiertz

Chapter 7: The Epistemic Implications of Religious Diversity

John Cottingham

Chapter 8: Epistemic Desiderata and Religious Plurality

Oliver J. Wiertz

Chapter 9: "In Abundance of Counsellors There is Victory": Reasoning about Public Policy from a Religious Worldview

Katherine Dormandy

Chapter 10: Respecting Religious Otherness as Otherness versus Exclusivism and Religious Pluralism: Towards a Robust Interreligious Dialogue

Dirk-Martin Grube

Part III: Practical Questions Concerning Religious Diversity

Chapter 11: Introduction to Part III. Practical Questions Concerning Religious Diversity

Victoria S. Harrison

Chapter 12: Christians and the Practice of Zen

Alexander Löffler SJ

Chapter 13: Reconsidering the Concept of Mission in the Light of Comparative Theology

Klaus von Stosch

Chapter 14: How to Break the Ill-Fated Bond between Religious Truth and Violence?

Peter Jonkers

Chapter 15: Can Religious Diversity Help with the Problem of Religiously-Motivated Violence?

Victoria S. Harrison

Index of names and terms

List of Contributors

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Oliver J. Wiertz is professor of Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt, Germany.

Peter Jonkers is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Catholic Theology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.