Different Paths, Different Summits: A Model for Religious Pluralism

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In a world where religious pluralism is a necessity of modern life, diverse religions exist for the diverse people populating the earth. Theologically, how do people of different faiths find liberation in their separate gods simultaneously? Stephen Kaplan answers this question with his new book, Different Paths, Different Summits. He presents a model for religious pluralism that does not fall victim to the criticisms of pluralist models. Religious positions do not need to be transcended in order for varying ...

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Overview

In a world where religious pluralism is a necessity of modern life, diverse religions exist for the diverse people populating the earth. Theologically, how do people of different faiths find liberation in their separate gods simultaneously? Stephen Kaplan answers this question with his new book, Different Paths, Different Summits. He presents a model for religious pluralism that does not fall victim to the criticisms of pluralist models. Religious positions do not need to be transcended in order for varying faiths to be both honored and liberating simultaneously. Kaplan skillfully depicts three different realties, a theistic ultimate reality, a monistic ultimate reality, and a process non-dualism, along with their beliefs. His model allows for each to exit simultaneously, mutually interpenetrating and distinct.

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Editorial Reviews

Anglican Theological Review
A strikingly original contribution to the growing body of literature on religious pluralism. It will be useful to scholars interested in religious pluralism and the theology of religions, and for graduate-level courses in those areas.
Philosophy East and West
Kaplan has provided a basis for reconsidering the notion of religious pluralism in terms of both soteriology and ontology. This work, therefore, deserves the attention of philosophers and theologians currently interested in the concept of religious pluralism, as he enlists one of the great scientific minds of our time to provide a foundation for his novel ideas.
Nathan Katz
Stephen Kaplan's latest book is a singularly creative answer to a thorny problem in theology and religious studies. How can one simultaneously affirm religious pluralism as well as the ultimacy of each religion? His answer is both refreshing and tightly-argued. Kaplan's brilliant proposal is for a 'pluralistic ontology and soteriology,' a timely message which will help define the debate for decades to come.
John B. Cobb
A deep assumption of most students of religious experience has been that what is experienced in diverse ways is ultimately the same. A protest in favor of a deeper pluralism is emerging. Kaplan has given us the most richly developed argument for this liberating pluralism. If it is taken seriously, it will deeply affect the future study of religious experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742513310
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Kaplan is professor of Indian and Comparative Religions at Manhattan College in New York City. He holds a doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the author of numerous articles on the subject of holography and eastern religions.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 An Overview of the Problem and the Proposal Chapter 3 Putting the Proposal in Context Chapter 4 The Debate within the Philosophy of Mysticism Chapter 5 Models, Holography and Bohm's Holographic Model Chapter 6 A Proposal for a Pluralistic Ontology and Soteriology Chapter 7 Conclusion: Problems and Possibilities Chapter 8 Bibliography Chapter 9 Index

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