Religious pluralism

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Religious pluralism

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:58 am

Religious pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society. It can indicate one or more of the following:

As the name of the worldview according to which one's religion is not the sole and exclusive source of truth, and thus the acknowledgement that at least some truths and true values exist in other religions.

As acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This may be considered a form of either toleration (a concept that arose as a result of the European wars of religion) or moral relativism.

The understanding that the exclusive claims of different religions turn out, upon closer examination, to be variations of universal truths that have been taught since time immemorial. This is called Perennialism (based on the concept of philosophia perennis) or Traditionalism.

Sometimes as a synonym for ecumenism, i.e., the promotion of some level of unity, co-operation, and improved understanding between different religions or different denominations within a single religion.

As a term for the condition of harmonious co-existence between adherents of different religions or religious denominations.

As a social norm and not merely a synonym for religious diversity.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_pluralism



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Re: Religious pluralism

Post by DNS » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:14 pm

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Good topic.

The Jains have made pluralism into a sort of pillar of their faith, see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anekantavada

In the modern world the move and push has been toward secularization and nihilism. I've chatted with some nihilists and asked them, "so a killer, rapist, thief has no bad karma, no bad rebirth?" They answer "no, when they die, they just die, no repercussions for any of their actions." And I ask, "how about bad feelings, bad karma in this life?" They answer "no, not even that, they can just have a clear mind and do whatever they want."

And it is no wonder there is so much immorality with attitudes like that. And it is no wonder that suicide rates have been escalating ever higher with each new generation (with increased atheism, secularization, nihilistic views).

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Re: Religious pluralism

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:11 am

Hi David!

I found this concept of religious pluralism reading about Jainism.

their teaching on non-violence must have contributed much to the respect of the other religions.

"Perhaps the teaching is one, but there are various people who hear it. On account of the inconceivable merit it bestows, it shines forth in various ways".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haribhadra



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Re: Religious pluralism

Post by Witschnerd1 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:00 pm

I've been a practicing Christian for many years. Just recently reading a book about Buddhist teachings and I find the message to be very similar. I think that the truth can be found in many places. I think seeing things like right speech, right view and equality in multiple religions, helps us to appreciate others and brings us closer to utopian culture.

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