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By Harry Oldmeadow

How may still we view religions which are varied from our personal? In a global the place misunderstandings and disagreements among cultures and faiths are average, this attention-grabbing publication, the 1st in a brand new sequence referred to as stories in Comparative faith, is helping us positioned different faiths in context and addresses the matter of encountering conflicting non secular types. that includes 23 attention-grabbing articles from spiritual students and the private debts of the outstanding people who have lived theses encounters first hand.

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If we have only sweetness in the beginning we may have to experience bitterness towards the end. We must not have any aversion for the bitter but welcome it as the medicine administered by Mother Nature or by dharma. If we do so, in due course, we will learn to regard any experience, even if it be unpleasant, as a sweet one. Dharma—and dharma alone—is our protecting shield. One’s religion is nothing but the dharma practiced by one’s forefathers. May all adhere to their dharma with unwavering faith and courage and be rewarded with everlasting bliss.

73-81. 1 33 Crossing Religious Frontiers: Studies in Comparative Religion meant that Christianity lost its monopoly. With the collapse of the Europe-centered view of the world and the rapid development of international interaction in various fields of human life, Christians have come again to experience intensely the reality of religious pluralism. In this connection they have come to recognize the existence of non-Christian religions and the integrity of non-Christian systems of belief and values, not only in foreign lands, but in Europe and America as well.

1 This purely sociological portrayal of religious pluralism is not aware of religion’s truth. Ultimately, it only expresses the existing crisis-of-meaning imbued in modernity itself. Hence, without doubt, religion can best and most adequately be understood from the point of view of religion itself. Accordingly, this is also true for the plurality and diversity of religions. Concerning the idea of religious pluralism, as seen by the various religions, there exist great differences. Judaism, as the first of the monotheistic religions, does not acknowledge any other religion as a matter of principle, whether that religion had been existing before it or emerged afterwards.

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