Friday, November 18, 2011

a little lesson in religious attitudes

Below are four major religious attitudes, with explanations, presented in "mug design" form. Three of these attitudes-- exclusivism, inclusivism, and (convergent) pluralism-- were put forth as a three-part typology by religious thinkers Alan Race and John Hick several decades ago. Not everyone agrees with this categorization; some scholars nowadays feel we may have outgrown them. I, for one, use them with caution, but I do use them.

Ah, yes: the fourth category, divergent pluralism, represents a response to convergent pluralism. I hope the "mountain" metaphors are helpful for you as you ponder these ways of thinking about religious diversity.


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