A World Theology: The Central Spiritual Reality of Humankind

A World Theology: The Central Spiritual Reality of Humankind

by N. Ross Reat, Edmund F. Perry

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Overview

In this book the authors, a Christian theologian and an atheistic Buddhist philosopher, examine the five major world religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam--in order to demonstrate that each is a particular expression of one, common "world theology." They argue that each of these religions is centrally concerned with the same basic attempt to define the meaning and purpose of human life, and to comprehend a spiritual reality. Each is a culture-specific expression of a universal religious phenomenon, and the differing conceptualizations of the spiritual in these religions can be understood as symbolic expressions of one spiritual reality, which transcends the bounds of any one religious expression. Explaining both the symbolic differences and the essential commonalities of the major world religions, the authors argue that these religions should be considered mutually complementary rather than contradictory. This book points the way toward integrating the world's religions in a systematic manner in order to arrive at a common, world theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521337472
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. The central spirituality of humankind; 2. Atheism and the central spiritual reality; 3. Hinduism and the central spiritual reality; 4. Buddhism and the central spiritual reality; 5. Judaism and the central spiritual reality; 6. Christianity and the central spiritual reality; 7. Islam and the central spiritual reality; Conclusion.

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