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Meeting the Others in their Differences: Toward a Christian Approach to the Scientific Study of Religion: Is it possible to meet and embrace the different others without giving up one’s identity? For those who live in a pluralistic environment, this is certainly a challenge. We can avoid it by taking refuge in a safe space, be it real or virtual, but sooner or later, it is going to catch up with us. We may instead take the initiative and face that challenge head-on before it becomes a crisis. The study of religion is assuredly one of the many arenas where we can take up such a challenge. This is the purpose of this book. The author formulates a model highlighting the specificity of the major religions, a model where the Christian aspiration for reconciliation subsumes, without negating them, all aspirations, whether religious or secular.

Francis Brassard is from Quebec, Canada, and is an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University in Religious Studies. He also studied at the Institut für Culture und Geschichte Indians und Tibets at Hamburg University, Germany, and at the Somaiya Bharatiya Peeth in Mumbai, India. His research interests include Buddhist philosophy and psychology, comparative religions and philosophies. He is the author of the book, The Concept of Bodhicitta in Śantideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra, published by SUNY Press (2000).

Paperback. 166 Pages.

Published: September, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-7350576-7-5

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Weight 10.9 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1 in
Table of Contents

1) A Brief Historical Retrospective
* The Question of Origin
* The Crisis that Brought about the Modern Study of Religions
* The Precursors
* The Pathfinders

2) The Notion of Problematics
* General Considerations
* Islam versus Christianity: Preliminary Comments
* What the Notion of Problematics is not meant to be

3) The Four Modes of Resolution
* Introduction
* The Ritual Mode of Resolution
* The Mythical Mode of Resolution
* The Relational Mode of Resolution
* The Mode of the Cross

4) Conclusion

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