The religious alien

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Griffiths, Paul John. (2010) The religious alien. In In C. Meister (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of religious diversity pp. 42 - 51 Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195340136.003.0009
AuthorsGriffiths, Paul John
EditorsC. Meister
Abstract

Who are one's religious aliens, and what is to be done about them? These are among the more important questions raised by the facts of religious diversity. To call someone alien sounds neither welcoming nor affirming, connoting as it does both otherness and danger. A religious alien seems to inhabit a religious form of life that one does not take oneself to inhabit. One might make this judgment as a non-religious person; in this case, all those who do seem to inhabit a religious form of life are one's religious aliens. Or one might make it as a religious person, in which case, all and only those who seem to inhabit a religious form of life other than one's own are one's religious aliens. If a Gelug Buddhist chooses not to consider a Catholic Christian a religious alien, this suffices for the Catholic Christian not to be one, without further discussion of sortals such as Christianity and Buddhism. This article examines the following concepts: domestication, separation, toleration, and love's embrace.

Page range42 - 51
Year2010
Book titleThe Oxford handbook of religious diversity
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of publicationUnited States of America
ISBN9780195340136
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195340136.003.0009
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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