The Ideology of Religious Studies by Timothy Fitzgerald

By Timothy Fitzgerald

Lately there was an intensifying debate in the spiritual stories group in regards to the validity of faith as an analytical class. during this booklet Fitzgerald facets with those that argue that the concept that of faith itself can be deserted. at the foundation of his personal examine in India and Japan, and during an in depth research of using faith in a variety of scholarly texts, the writer keeps that the comparative examine of faith is mostly a kind of liberal ecumenical theology. via pretending to be a technology, faith considerably distorts socio-cultural research. He recommend, notwithstanding, that non secular stories will be re-represented in a fashion which opens up new and effective theoretical connections with anthropology and cultural and literary reports.

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I would further suggest here—though I cannot argue it in detail—that both the theological and the humanistic tendencies, in individualist and holistic forms, were to varying degrees implicit in Deism and German romantic philosophy, respectively.

For example, Christianity contains a soteriological message, and some would say that such a message is the basis of the whole system. Gombrich has argued that Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka is a soteriology, and the Sangha its institutional expression. However, for it to be analytically useful, such a concept must be used in a fundamentally sociological way, for we cannot assume without considerable research and analysis within the totality of a culture's institutions what the meaning of the beliefs is.

Out of this relativity of competing soteriological systems came more ecumenical ideas of complementarity, all paths leading to the same one truth, formulated by theosophists, Christian ecumenicists, comparative religionists, and the 'perennial philosophy' of Aldous Huxley. This is the origin of the modern myth of religion. ) by a Christian writer such as John Hick (1989), is the conceptual framework upon which religious studies is based. It is the glue that holds together university departments of religion, school curricula, and publishing lists.

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