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The Strangers Religion: Fascination and Fear

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Published April 7th 2004
ISBN : 9780268033668
Hardcover
192 pages
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Volume 25 in the Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion series brings together distinguished scholars to reflect on the fascination and fear that humans inevitably experience when confronted with diverse religious beliefs and practices.MoreVolume 25 in the Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion series brings together distinguished scholars to reflect on the fascination and fear that humans inevitably experience when confronted with diverse religious beliefs and practices. Contributors argue that fear of the stranger and his or her religion can only be overcome through education, and they suggest ways in which we can better understand one another and the world in which we live. Part one of the collection, entitled Talking with Strangers, explores avenues for finding common ground between religious strangers. In this section Stephen Prothero examines the American reception of Hinduism, John de Gruchy analyzes the relationship between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in South Africa, and Bhikhu Parekh imagines a dialogue between Osama bin Laden and Mahatma Gandhi. The second set of essays addresses the theme of understanding difference, with a particular focus on methodological approaches within philosophy of religion. Wendy Doniger argues for an approach to cross-cultural studies that recognizes both the similarities and the differences between us and the other, and that encourages us to think and f