Religious Plurality: Myth or Reality?

Thoha, Anis Malik (2005) Religious Plurality: Myth or Reality? Discussion Paper. -.


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The truth-claim is natural to religion. In the modern era, however, many attempts have been made to relativize the uniqueness and exclusiveness of religious truth-claim reducing it into merely religious experience, which is very relative in nature, under the guise of religious pluralism, i. e., that all religions are but different soteriological “spaces” within which, or “ways” through which, men can find salvation/liberation/enlightenment/ fulfilment. In short, all religions share the truth. But evidently, this theory has grown up ultimately becoming a very absolute truth-claim, and establishing its own uniqueness and exclusiveness in addition to the existing truth-claims. Hence, it becomes part of the problem more than solution. However, Islam offers its concept of “Hanifism” as an alternative solution to the problem. It is the only system that allows “the others” to be fully “others” without any sort of reduction, distortion and relativization. Consequently, on the practical level Islam acknowledges, and therefore offers to the followers of all religions, “the plurality of laws” to govern their lives, each under the aegis of its own principles and laws. And this is, in fact, the best gift of Islam to humankind, which no system in the world, even the modern democracy, dares do so.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions: Perpustakaan Pusat
Depositing User: Muhammad Saiful Alam
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 08:01
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2015 06:48

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