By Hugh Nicholson
Liberal theologies, from the Christian success theology of the 19th century to the pluralist theology of the 20th, have assumed that spiritual writings reach religious fact and sublimity regardless of any polemical parts they could comprise. via his research and comparability of the Christian mystical theologian Meister Eckhart and his Hindu counterpart ÍaSkara, Nicholson arrives at a truly diversified end. Polemical components might actually represent the inventive resource of the expressive energy of spiritual discourses. Wayne Proudfoot has argued that mystical discourses embrace a collection of principles that repel any determinate knowing of the ineffable item or adventure they purport to explain. In Comparative Theology and the matter of non secular Rivalry, Nicholson means that this precept of negation is hooked up, probably via a technique of abstraction and sublimation, with the necessity to distinguish oneself from one's intra- and/or inter-religious adversaries.
Nicholson proposes a brand new version of comparative theology that acknowledges and confronts the most pressing cultural and political problems with our time: particularly, the "return of the political" within the type of anti-secular and fundamentalist pursuits worldwide. This version recognizes the ineradicable nature of an oppositional measurement of spiritual discourse, whereas honoring or even advancing the liberal venture of curbing intolerance and prejudice within the sphere of religion.
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Comparative Theology and the Problem of Religious Rivalry (AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion) by Hugh Nicholson