The world today is reeling under the forces of communalism, fundamentalism, ecological crisis, suppression and oppression because of gender, caste and creed. In all these, in one way or the other, religion because of its strong emotional appeal has often been manipulated and utilized by selfish individuals to further their egocentric endeavours. In this situation, the most feasible solution seems to be appreciating the liberative motifs that are present and found in religious traditions and thereby creating unity of these liberative strands.
This book endeavours to bring out the richness and beauty of diversity of faith through a study of liberative elements found in some of the major religious traditions, so that we may be able to in some way appreciate what is good and true in other faith traditions. When we learn to understand diversity as a gift of God that is to be enjoyed and not a threat to identity or faith, only then shall we be able to lead happier, peaceful, harmonious lives.
1. Defining Religion and the Need of Recouping Religion
2. Re-Reading Tribal Myths & Folklores for Socio-Religious Transformation: A Study of the Biate Myth of Fapite
3. Celebrating Hindu Festivals: Life's Valuable Lessons for Christians
4. Call to Eco-Jihad: Islam and an Eco-Just Society
5. Appreciating Diversity of Life: The Significance of the Jaina Concept of Anekantavada in the Milieu of Religious Fundamentalism
6. Each for Equal: Sikhism for Gender Equity
7. Religion and the Global Water Crisis: The Significance and Relevance of Water in Zoroastrianism for Today
An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of India, Cachar Hill Tribes Synod, Rev. Lalchawiliana Varte graduated from Haflong Govt. College under Assam University. He obtained his B.D. (2006) and M.Th. (2014) degrees from Aizawl Theological College, Mizoram, under the Senate of Serampore College (University). He has served for several years as a Pastor under the Cachar Hill Tribes Synod in Haflong and Phai pastorates within Dima Hasao District of Assam. Currently, he is on deputation at Aizawl Theological College, Mizoram as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religions since 2018. He has authored 2 books and co-edited 1 book.