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
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.
Chapter 2: Truth, Suffering and Religious Diversity. A Pragmatist Perspective
Chapter 3: Truth, Meaning and Interreligious Understanding
Chapter 4: Belief as an Artefact. Implications for Religious Diversity
Chapter 5: Maimonides and Kierkegaard on Fictionalism, Divine Hiddenness and the Scope for Interreligious Dialogue
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
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
Chapter 10: Respecting Religious Otherness as Otherness versus Exclusivism and Religious Pluralism: Towards a Robust Interreligious Dialogue
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?
Chapter 15: Can Religious Diversity Help with the Problem of Religiously-Motivated Violence?
Victoria S. Harrison
Index of names and terms
List of Contributors
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.