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  World Religions: Comparative Analysis
A similar syncretistic trend is encouraged by the suggestion to consider the various world religions as alternative paths to the same transcendental finality or, using a known illustration, many paths to the same mountain peak.
Therefore the other option is that world religions are not pieces of the same puzzle (parts of the same spiritual "elephant") or alternative paths to the same goal.
Since the domain of comparative religion is so vast, the present analysis is far from being exhaustive.
www.comparativereligion.com   (1157 words)

  Comparative religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Comparative religion is a field of religious studies that analyzes interpretive differences of common themes and ideas among the world's religions.
Often in parallel with comparative mythology, this field of study relies heavily upon the examination of myth and spirituality, deriving essential themes from religious metaphor, and tracing in various ways a possible direct cultural connection between them.
Members of other religions can reach God – Does the religion accept that members of other religion can reach God?
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Comparative_religion   (209 words)

 Comparative Religion Department
Comparative Religion examines the spiritual quest of humankind, especially as it has manifested itself in the world’s living religions.
Comparative Religion is also an interdisciplinary field which draws on the work of social scientists, historians, philosophers, and literary scholars in attempting to understand the religious quest.
Religion reporting in the secular media; the religious press in America; the influence of the media, both secular and religious, on the shaping of society’s values; ethical dilemmas faced by reporters.
www.fullerton.edu /catalog/academic_departments/cprl.asp   (3375 words)

 Signature Books -- Resources in comparative religion
Reflecting their Islamic roots, they observe daily prayers and the reading of sacred texts; a month of fast; pilgrimage to Haifa, Israel, where the religion's relics are preserved; and abstinence from alcohol.
Unificationists believe in "reconciling the internal truth pursued by religion with the external truth pursued by science." They promote anti-Communism, family values, and the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Hebrew prophets.
Where they depart from traditional Christianity is in their acceptance of the Divine Principle as a companion to the Bible and in their assertion that founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon is Lord of the Second Advent, that with his wife (together the "True Parents"), Original Sin is conquered through special blessings.
www.signaturebooks.com /comparativereligion.htm   (743 words)

 20th WCP: Gandhi and Comparative Religion
To others, Religion is one condition among so many other countries, but to the Indian people it is one great sustaining force, pertaining to all the spheres of their lives.
The prophets and seers of different religions have brought to mankind the consciousness of the unity underlying the whole universe and a deep sense of brotherhood of man. Gandhi therefore felt a need of the comparative study of religions to pave the way for unity and brotherhood amongst the followers of different religions.
Islam is a religion of strict monotheism and rigorous ethical discipline.
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/Comp/CompBaru.htm   (2821 words)

 Miami University:Department of Comparative Religion
TO STUDY RELIGION is to study the beliefs and practices through which groups of people have tried to make sense of their experiences in the world.
For these reasons and more, religion is a topic that is both fascinating to study and important to understand.
Comparative Religion is a Humanities department of the College of Arts and Science at Miami University.
www.units.muohio.edu /religion   (256 words)

 Miami University:Department of Comparative Religion
Religion 211: Introduction to the Religion of Ancient Israel
Introduction to Religion of Ancient Israel examines selected texts from the Hebrew Bible employing tools of critical biblical scholarship, such as (but not limited to) literary analysis, textual criticism, feminist theory, socio-historical criticism, and biblical archaeology.
We study the texts as ancient literature created within a specific historical, religions, political, and sociological context that reflects the ideologies and concerns of the human authors and editors, with a special emphasis on placing and understanding the texts within their ancient historical context.
www.units.muohio.edu /religion/academics/AncientNearEast.shtml   (610 words)

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Juha Pentikäinen, Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Helsinki, wrote his dissertation on a topic that Martti Haavio had dealt with in many of his articles: the issue of the 'anomalous dead' in folk tradition.
In comparative religion texts Confucianism, Taoism and Chinese Buddhism are sometimes addressed in three separate chapters, and sometimes treated in one chapter as "Chinese religion." Even today there are very valid reasons for distinguishing Taoism from Confucianism, and distinguishing both from Chinese Buddhism and non-scriptural Chinese folk religion.
Alho could show that the syncretism of the religion was characterized by a division of labor, in which the ethnic tradition functioned in the area of everday experience, individual relationships and the relationsship between the individual and this immediate physical surroundings, whereas the Christian tradition operated more broadly, both temporally and experientially.
www.lycos.com /info/comparative-religion.html   (880 words)

 Comparative Religion Undergraduate Courses
An introduction to the field of religion to give the student an understanding of the basic elements of the subject: the major characteristics, the forms and expressions, and the contributions to man’s personal and social orientation.
Attention is given to Judaism, Catholicism, the various denominations of Protestantism, and the so-called new religions, with a view to the appreciation of the religious character of the average community.
Religion and science, tow of the most central systems of 'world viewing', have a long and complex history of interaction, often in conflict, but each also presenting stimulating challenges to the other.
ase.tufts.edu /religion/description.html   (3717 words)

 Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University
a grasp of the various methods used by scholars to describe and explain religion, and the means to assess achievements of these methods as well as develop new methods for increasing their knowledge of religious thought and practice, and
WMU has the oldest comparative religion program in the state of Michigan, and the only department with a graduate program in comparative religion in Michigan.
Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures.
www.wmich.edu /religion   (160 words)

 Comparative Religion
Ernest Valea's detailed analysis of differences between classic Christianity and eastern religions focuses on concepts of the Ultimate Reality, the human condition, salvation (or destiny), and evil, with essays on special critical questions.
Brian Turner offers succinct introductions to major world religions and excerpts from their sacred texts, as well as select examples of ancient myths, alternate spirituality, and NT Apocrypha.
Chapters compare views of ultimate reality; eternal law (truth); the purpose of life, in society, nature and beyond; the human condition, deviation and evil; restoration and restoring agents; the religious life; and eschatology (posted by the Unification Church).
virtualreligion.net /vri/comp_rel.html   (463 words)

 Theology Today - Vol 41, No. 4 - January 1985 - ARTICLE - Anthropology and Comparative Religion
Originally, comparative religion was freely used to buttress theologians in their nineteenth century debate against the encroachments of science and Enlightenment on their authority.
Admittedly, comparative religion would lose a lot of its attractiveness if it did not seem to present a theory of humanity and the universe under guise of analyzing other cultures' theories of the same.
Comparative religion is better protected from sheer fantasy when it concentrates on relating religious ideas to succession to office, family inheritance, marriage practices, and protocols for war and peacemaking.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /jan1985/v41-4-article4.htm   (7822 words)

 Comparative Religion
Although it is possible to trace the origin of comparative religion to the sixth century Greek thinker Xenophanes, who noted that different peoples tend to depict God in their own image, it was not until the nineteenth century that the study of comparative religion began in earnest.
As an undergraduate subject comparative religion became highly popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with the result that new religious studies departments were opened in many universities in Britain and North America.
Such a religion as Theravada Buddhism, in fact, presents a strong argument against crude forms of comparative religion because of its rejection of the importance of belief in God and denial of the existence of an individual self.
mb-soft.com /believe/txn/comparat.htm   (531 words)

 Comparative Religion Degree - ULC - Universal Life Church
This is the overview of the Comparative Religion 1 Course.
A firm grounding in comparative religion allows an individual to perceive the truth that is within all traditions.
To do this correctly, the history of what are considered “dead” religions (such as Egyptian and Greek) will be explored to better understand where current beliefs come from and how cultures influence the forming of religions.
www.ulcseminary.org /comparativereligion.php   (1061 words)

 comparative religion - one world religions
This is a strictly non-commerical website, simply intended to serve as general internet resource for human thought in all its diverse expressions, and in a comparatively neutral manner.
Do note that this will always be a work in progress, intended to be continually expanded upon with new and updated material.
Explore the core beliefs of Roman Religion, beyond the mythology, in our section Roman Religion.
www.comparative-religion.com /about   (225 words)

 spiritual insights quotations comparative religion studies
  Many people today would like to see the emergence, and continuance, of a World of Peace and Tolerance and tend to view studies in Comparative Religion in a very positive light as a potential contributor to greater mutual understanding and respect.
These sets of quotations were brought together as a result of studies that were specifically directed towards the identification of the most evident areas of agreement between the respective innermost spiritual teachings of several World religions.
The approach adopted being one of assessing Comparative Religion "Wisdom Quotes" from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Taoist mysticism, for Mystical-Poetic "impact".
www.age-of-the-sage.org /mysticism.html   (365 words)

 Religion and Spirituality - Sevenseek
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Find out about a new peaceful religion that aims to unite people across the globe.
Astrology is a type of divination based upon the idea that information about the future or about a person’s personality can be discovered through the examination of heavenly bodies such as stars.
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 Major Religions Ranked by Size
From an academic, comparative religions viewpoint, there is no basis for "prescribing" whether it is better for a religion to be highly unified, cohesive, monolithic, and lacking in internal religious diversity, or whether it is better to be fragmented, schismatic, diverse, multifaceted and abounding in variations on the same theme.
When asked what religion they consider themselves to be a part of, many may name a religion that does not have them on their rolls.
This is comparable to certain Catholic and Protestant nations in Europe where the majority of people have been Christianed or otherwise counted as a member of the state church, but where large proportions of the population are non-practicing.
www.adherents.com /Religions_By_Adherents.html   (11821 words)

 Library Research Guide: Comparative Religion - Reference
Religion index one: periodicals (1975-) -- Religion index two: multi-auti-author works (1975-) -- Index to book reviews in religion (1975-).
Lexicon of all living religions, including a who's who of founders, leaders, rulers and scholars; a glossary of doctrines, practices and events, and a reallexikon of scriptures, movements and art forms.
Sections include: Religion and the Study of Religions; Judaism and Christianity; Traditional Religions; New Religious Movements; Religions of Asia; Islam.
guides.library.fullerton.edu /comp_religion/reference.htm   (1268 words)

 Amazon.com: Patterns in Comparative Religion: Books: Mircea Eliade,John Clifford Holt,Rosemary Sheed   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mircea Eliade's "Patterns in Comparative Religion" surely presented me with a formidable challenge, however, as with any important challenge to understanding that I have experienced, the rewards have far outweighed the difficulties encountered along the way.
Eliade presents an impressive collection of data from the religions and mythologies of an incredible number of different cultures, organized according to recurring themes: sky gods, agricultural goddesses, cycles of death and rebirth, and so on.
It is an interesting resource for the student of comparative religion, but seems to lack a coherent interpretive framework.
www.amazon.com /Patterns-Comparative-Religion-Mircea-Eliade/dp/0803267339   (1848 words)

 Comparative religion Summary
The term comparative religion broadly signifies the study of all traditions and forms of religious life, as distinguished from the study or exposition of just one.
Comparative religion is a field of religious studies that analyzes interpretive differences of common themes and ideas among the world's religions.
Often in parallel with comparative mythology, this field of study relies heavily upon the examination of m...
www.bookrags.com /Comparative_religion   (165 words)

 Comparative Religion
The "cutting edge" of comparative religion today arguably involves the way in which the world's religions have begun to converge concerning the distress of the Earth and the mystical encounter of a hidden reality.
Topic: Compare the Abrahamic religions with the Eastern and primal on the Earth and mysticism.
Compare the religions globally, particularly with regard to ecology and mysticism.
staff.bcc.edu /philosophy/rel205.htm   (1402 words)

 Acadia University :: Template_01
Advanced courses on the religions of Asia and on specialized topics (e.g., Ecology and Religion) are available on a rotating basis.
Currently the professor of Comparative Religion is situated in the History Department.
Comparative Religion has five awards, scholarships or bursaries that can be awarded to outstanding students on an annual basis.
ace.acadiau.ca /arts/crel/crelhome.htm   (392 words)

 Comparative Religion
I do not extensively discuss Comparative Religion here, as it is a topic which has already been thoroughly researched and documented.
He discovered that in some of these religions bread and wine were used at the altar, and candles and incense and sacred water were part of the ritual.
It is true, he explains all this conformity, which exists between these two religions, by asserting, as Tertullian and St. Justin did, that a long time before there were Christians in existence, the Devil had taken pleasure to have their future mysteries and ceremonies copied by his worshippers.
home1.gte.net /deleyd/religion/cr.htm   (779 words)

 Oxford University Press: Religion and Revelation: Keith Ward
Beginning with an examination of the nature of theology, Keith Ward looks at religion in its early historical manifestations, and considers the idea of revelation as found in the great canonical traditions of the religions of the world.
Finally, he explores how conceptions of revelation must be revised in light of modern historical and scientific thought, and proposes a new and positive theology of revelation for the future.
It should be of interest to scholars and students of comparative religion, philosophers of religion, theologians, and anthropologists.
www.us.oup.com /us/catalog/general/subject/ReligionTheology/ComparativeReligion/?ci=0198263759&view=usa   (409 words)

 Comparative Spirituality 101
Exoteric religion is understood to derive from an originally esoteric source (such as a great Spiritual Master or a shaman).
The practitioner of a legitimate exoteric religion — one that is still in touch with its esoteric roots — engages disciplines aimed at bringing him or her to full human maturity, in preparation for taking up the esoteric practices of his or her tradition.
When an exoteric religion loses touch with its esoteric roots (e.g., by being “re-shaped” for the sake of political and social survival), it can devolve into an illegitimate exoteric religion that may be socially and politically influential, but that is nonetheless spiritually bankrupt.
www.comparativespirituality.com /index.html   (296 words)

 Comparative Religion Program at the Jackson School - UW   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Comparative Religion Program at the Jackson School - UW News, Events and Information
He is the author/editor of five books including “The Faith of Fifty Million: Baseball, Religion, and American Culture” and “The Kingdom is Always but Coming: a Life of Walter Rauschenbusch” which received an Award of Merit from Christianity Today magazine in 2005.
Find out what religion is, why we should study it, and more in this video interview with UW Professor, Martin Jaffee.
jsis.washington.edu /religion   (380 words)

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