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Religious Diversity: A Philosophical Assessment

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Overview

Religious diversity exists whenever seemingly sincere, knowledgeable individuals hold incompatible beliefs on the same religious issue. Diversity of this sort is pervasive, existing not only across basic theistic systems but also within these theistic systems themselves.Religious Diversity explores the breadth and significance of such conflict. Examining the beliefs of various theistic systems, particularly within Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, Basinger discusses seemingly incompatible claims about many religious issues, including the nature of God and the salvation of humankind. He considers particularly the work of Hick, Gellman, Plantinga, Schellenberg, Alston, Wainwright, and Quinn, applying their perspectives on 'exclusivism' and 'pluralism' as they become relevant to the issues in question.Basinger's survey of the relevant literature, proposed solutions, and fresh insights offer an invaluable contribution not only for philosophers of religion and philosophical theologians but for anyone interested in the increasingly significant question of what a religious believer can or cannot justifiably say about their religious perspective.
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Editorial Reviews

Kevin Meeker
In this clear and accessible study of the major epistemic questions concerning religious diversity, Professor Basinger deals the final blow to the fashionable position that exclusivism is no longer intellectually credible.Marcel Sarot, University of Utrecht, NetherlandsBasinger's book provides a cutting edge perspective on religious diversity. These arguments on issues ranging from the afterlife to philosophical pedagogy will provoke lively and illuminating debates.
Booknews
Basinger (Wesleyan U.) grapples with the metaphysical question of whether there exists some form of supernatural reality, specifically some divine being or realm, with which humans are connected. He is concerned not so much with whether there is in fact such a reality, but more with what people can know or justifiably say about the nature of any such reality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754615200
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Ashgate Philosophy of Religion Series
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Diversity and epistemic obligation
Diversity and justified belief
Diversity and pluralism
Diversity and eternal destiny of humankind
Diversity and positive apologetics
Diversity and teaching
Selected readings
Index
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