Toward Universal Religion

Toward Universal Religion

by Daniel Chandler
     
 

Using the 1893 and the 1993 World's Parliament of Religions as a focus for probing intercultural religious communication, this study describes more than a century's preoccupation with a provocative phenomenon called universal religion. It presents 12 enduringly significant speakers whose rhetorical effectiveness, combined with their concepts of universal religion,

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Using the 1893 and the 1993 World's Parliament of Religions as a focus for probing intercultural religious communication, this study describes more than a century's preoccupation with a provocative phenomenon called universal religion. It presents 12 enduringly significant speakers whose rhetorical effectiveness, combined with their concepts of universal religion, forge an intercultural synthesis combining Eastern religions and Western thought. This volume will interest scholars and students of both religion and rhetoric as well as the general public. It provides a deeper appreciation of such well-known communicators as Emerson and Thoreau, as well as an introduction to the significant contributions of thinkers such as Roy, Sen, Besant, Vivekananda, Tagore, Radhakrishnan, Gandhi, Jenkins Lloyd Jones, John Haynes Holmes, and Preston Bradley.

The 1893 Parliament of The World's Religions and the 1993 World's Parliament of Religions are described by contemporary historians as watersheds in human history and turning points in humanity's spiritual progress. These parliaments are the two occasions when the world's religious leaders have gathered, and the events symbolize a growing preoccupation with an emerging universal religion evolving through interreligious communication. The 1893 Parliament is recognized for commencing interreligious dialogue and encouraging comparative religion; the 1993 Parliament is remembered for networking the worldwide religious and spiritual communities. This volume describes a little-known but highly important minority movement in which a comparatively few communicators in India and the United States have progessively synthesized Eastern religion and Western thought. The work examines these speakers and their speeches by placing this distinctive rhetorical discourse within their historical times and cultural contexts; specifying the concepts about universal religion proposed by each speaker; and indicating their contributions to an emerging and evolving religion that is universal.

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The Indian of the title is Asian not American. Methodist minister Chandler profiles the work of people advancing religious unity between the 1893 World's Parliament of Religion and the one in 1993, in which he was a major player. He notes that the 1893 gathering first introduced Oriental religions into American culture, established Catholicism and Judaism as mainstream religions, and recognized African-Americans and women as religious leaders. Among the people he considers are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Annie Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rabindranath Tagore. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313294846
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Religion Series, #43
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

DANIEL ROSS CHANDLER is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church who holds affiliate membership in the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Fellowships.

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