Varieties of Religious Pluralism

Authors

  • Olusegun Noah Olawoyin Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18533/journal.v4i12.870

Keywords:

Conflicts, dialogue, relativism, absolutism, religious pluralism.

Abstract

Religious Pluralism is one of many forms of pluralism in contemporary globalised world.  Some others include ethnic pluralism, value pluralism, doctrinal pluralism, ethical pluralism, political pluralism.  Religious pluralism is, however, one of the most important in contemporary society, considering globalization and the role of religions in many conflicts.  It has its root in poltitical liberalism. Religious pluralism is a hot debate in social sciences and in Theology and Religious Studies. This paper argues that religious pluralism, which is an acceptance of plurality as normative, is not a monolithic theory. The different religious context in which it is being discussed, the different disciplinary and philosophical influences resulted in various and even contradictory types.  However, this paper is a ‘mapping’ of the contour of contemporary discussions.  Critically reviewing relevant literature, two major theories of religious pluralism were identified: identist and differential/complementary.  Each of these also has subdivision.

Author Biography

Olusegun Noah Olawoyin, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

Department of Religious StudiesSenior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion

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