By Hugh Nicholson
Liberal theologies, from the Christian achievement theology of the 19th century to the pluralist theology of the 20 th, have assumed that non secular writings reach religious fact and sublimity regardless of any polemical components they may comprise. via his research and comparability of the Christian mystical theologian Meister Eckhart and his Hindu counterpart ÍaSkara, Nicholson arrives at a really diversified end. Polemical components may well actually represent the artistic resource of the expressive strength of spiritual discourses. Wayne Proudfoot has argued that mystical discourses include a collection of principles that repel any determinate figuring out of the ineffable item or adventure they purport to explain. In Comparative Theology and the matter of spiritual Rivalry, Nicholson means that this precept of negation is attached, maybe via a strategy of abstraction and sublimation, with the necessity to distinguish oneself from one's intra- and/or inter-religious adversaries.
Nicholson proposes a brand new version of comparative theology that acknowledges and confronts some of the most pressing cultural and political problems with our time: specifically, the "return of the political" within the type of anti-secular and fundamentalist pursuits worldwide. This version recognizes the ineradicable nature of an oppositional size of non secular discourse, whereas honoring or even advancing the liberal undertaking of curbing intolerance and prejudice within the sphere of religion.
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Comparative Theology and the Problem of Religious Rivalry (AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion) by Hugh Nicholson