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Myself, Only Moreso

Conditions for the Possibility of Transreligious Theology

J. R. Hustwit
  • Methodist University, USA
Published Online: 2016-04-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0018


Transreligious theologians are posed with a number of difficult questions. First, how can I understand the beliefs and practices of a worldview I do not share? Then, once I begin to construct and synthesize truth claims, how normative are the source traditions? Finally, how do we transreligious theologians judge truth claims as better and worse? By offering answers to these questions using a model of critical interreligious appropriation, we may find a basis for a critical transreligious theology that avoids naïve syncretisms and pernicious incommensurability.

Keywords: comparative theology; interreligious dialogue; interfaith dialogue; hermeneutics; Gadamer; Ricoeur; transreligious theology


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About the article

Received: 2016-01-26

Accepted: 2016-03-21

Published Online: 2016-04-26

Citation Information: Open Theology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0018. Export Citation

©2016 J. R. Hustwit. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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