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Religion and Religions : An Interfaith Perspective
Authorship Description
Dr. Israel Selvanayagam.
Bibliographical Details xx, 259 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351482693
ISBN-13 9789351482697, 978-9351482697
Year of Publication 2018.
Series Interfaith Treasures Uncovered - 13.
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Religion and Religions : An Interfaith Perspective

It is observed from history and contemporary society that humans are religious animals or spiritual creatures. But the complexity and variety of religious life have made even the most sophisticated studies wanting. Identification of different dimensions of religious life has helped but its enumeration and analysis remain inconclusive. The recognition and study of a new variety such as quasi religion and implicit religion calls for exploring newer forms with rigour and openness. Abstract terms such as transcendence, meaning and truth require unpacking with reference to visions, traditions and experiences. Genuine and authentic study of religion cannot be confined to departments of universities and research institutes. Here is an attempt of someone with long experience of study and dialogue, to integrate scholarly study with interfaith dialogue, which is fascinating and stimulating.





1. Defining Religion : Attempts and Conclusions

2. Dimensions and Dynamics of Religion

3. Implicit Religion and its Variety

4. Dialogical Approaches to the Study of Religion

5. Naming the Transcendence

6. Meaning and Meanings in Religious Life

7. The Process of Secularization

8. Truth and Truths of Religions

9. Religious Pluralism and Dialogue



Dr. Israel Selvanayagam has taught religions with reflexive praxis of interfaith dialogue at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai; United Theological College, Bangalore; Gurukul Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai and at least four colleges in the West. Currently he is with the Methodist Church in Britain. He has published extensively both in Tamil and English. His most recent books published by CWI are `Kristu Bhakti and Krishna Bhakti: A Christian-Hindu Dialogue Contributing to Comparative Theology' (2017) and (ed.) `Religion, Spirituality and Secularity in Multi-Religious India: Visions and Experiments' (2017).

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