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Pluralism With Syncretism: A Perspective From Latin American Religious Diversity

Marciano Adilio Spica
Published Online: 2018-07-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0017


The aim of this paper is to defend a type of pluralistic philosophical theory that addresses the specific characteristics of Latin American religious diversity. In order to do this, I will first try to show how, from a Latin American perspective, the discussion of religious diversity necessarily imposes the concept of syncretism and how this concept can be understood within the debate about diversity. After that, I will defend an understanding of religiosity that takes syncretism as something natural, given the functioning of our systems of practices and beliefs in general. Finally I will defend the advantages of a pluralistic philosophical perspective of religion that considers the phenomenon of syncretism and how it is necessary for an understanding of Latin American religiosity.

Keywords: religious syncretism; religious diversity; religion in Latin America


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About the article

Received: 2018-05-07

Accepted: 2018-06-05

Published Online: 2018-07-18

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 236–245, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0017.

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