By Idinopulos, Th. A. (ed.), Wilson, B.C. (ed.), Hanges, J.C. (ed.), Thomas A. Idinopulos, Brian C. Wilson, James Constantine Hanges
Evaluating Religions covers such vital issues as contemporary theoretical ways to comparability, case stories of evaluating religions within the school room, and the effect of postcolonialism and postmodernism at the modernist assumptions of comparitivism within the educational examine of faith.
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On September 11, 2001, the United States witnessed a tragic wake-up call that demonstrated the power that can be unleashed when someone has deﬁned your identity as evil. The terrorists were comparativists. They, in their comparison, drew upon an authority of absolutism to identify their target, give rationale to their actions— at least for themselves and for those who agreed with their worldview—and embolden their resolve in what they were about to undertake. Comparison is at the basis of knowledge.
There may be diﬀerent individual identities and diﬀerent collective identities, and, more importantly, one may note the dialectic of individual and collective identities. Individuals develop their identities and alter them in the course of their lives in society. For example, an individual’s self concept will involve signiﬁcant memberships in families, friendship groups, organizations, communities, and nations, as well as particular roles that one plays in such collectivities. Collective identities thereby enter into the person’s individual identity.
This sensitivity emerges less from the formal delineation of the paradigmatic pattern than from the habit of mind developed in the course of inquiring into many cases. Research is, after all, a practiced art, a craftsmanship, that develops over time, not an accomplishment of ratiocination. A fourth way of illuminating inclusive concepts is drawing out implications of several compared instances for one’s own consciousness. In this way one might develop a more nuanced understanding of one’s own religious adherence (or non-adherence) by examining one or more instances that are quite diﬀerent from one’s own stance.
Comparing Religions by Idinopulos, Th. A. (ed.), Wilson, B.C. (ed.), Hanges, J.C. (ed.), Thomas A. Idinopulos, Brian C. Wilson, James Constantine Hanges