Comparative Methods Of Fredericks And Clooney

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Doing Theology Comparatively
(Comparative Methods of Fredericks and Clooney)
Even though living in the midst of globalization, human community is still diverse in various aspects of culture, politics, economy, religions, etc. It is difficult for humanity to find a “common denominator” for unity and wholeness. More than fifty years ago, Radhakrishnan, the great Indian philosopher, lamented, “mankind must become a community is still a casual whim, a vague aspiration, not generally accepted as a conscious ideal or an urgent practical necessity moving us to feel the dignity of a common citizenship and the call of a common duty.” Within this situation, religiously diverse world is also one of the most challenges to draw diverse believers together and to treasure what faiths have to share with and learn from other religions. This paper desires to follow the footsteps of the two comparative theologians, James Fredericks and Francis Clooney, to explore their methods of doing theology comparatively through interreligious dialogue and textual study for social-religious solidarity, deepening faith, and theological reflection; and hopefully, the comparative methods respond to the trend of pluralism and limits of fulfillment theology.
Pluralism and Fulfillment Theology
Debating on salvation is the key issue for the birth of pluralism and “pluralistic” theology. In responding to religious diversity, John Hick, Paul Knitter, Stanley Samartha, and Wilfred Cantwell Smith generally agree,…
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