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Approaches To The Study Of Comparative Religion.

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Comparative Religion


Comparative religion is approached from an unbiased approach. This implies that in the attempt to discuss religious issue, bias that is taking of side or side taking or parochial presentation is against the rule in the approach of doing Comparative Analysis of Religions.

It is important to adhere to this principle for the following reason:

* Myopic Opiniation: - In this regard sentimentalism and subjectivity will be reduced to the basest minimum, when either representing a religious belief or analyzing a religious belief.

Critical Socialization.

Religion provides the framework for human society to socialize. By this I mean social interactions between people of a group or with people in diverse settings or different religions basis. It is for understanding. For religious interactions to be healthy the principles of critical analysis and practices of religious beliefs should be observed. The reason behind the action taken there is deeper. You can only understand when you have in-depth knowledge and critical socialization on that religious belief and practice. Socialization is built on the principle of give and take. Critical socialization removes permittivity and being queer in a wider society. Comparative Religion is the heart of Religious study. Humans and not Spirit God uses for His work.

            The Right of Individual.

Principle of Comparative Religion ensures that the right of the individual is preserved. Religion permits that its practice should be either ‘devotional’ ‘individual’ or ‘collective’ or ‘congregational’. By devotional, it implies God for me where by the term ‘congregational’ it means God for us. You can practice religion as an individual because there is freedom of worship. A group that holds the same view about religion is congregational, so that this view becomes a bond of the fellowship. Because their collective view that Jesus is Lord and upon that they come to express that conviction from time to time. It is a mark of identity. Your right ends where the other man’s begun. Your right does not deprive me from my right as per religion and their doings will not stop my own.

            Perspectival Approach.

 Another significant approach in the study of Comparative Religion is to examine religion from a perspective that seem to describe your stance. The term perspectival is derived from the word perspective which implies a distinct view held by an individual or group of individuals. This is so, because Religious Practitioners around the world have their fundamental root or source of belief, that they can be associated with.

When you understand your fundamental root or source of belief you will now create or establish Religious limits or boundary, so i say that your belief is perspectival.Different religious beliefs cannot agree at anytime on one and the same fundamental root or source of belief. During the 15th century when the Pope’s pronouncement of proclamation, he became venerable before the reformation taken by Late Martin Luther King onto the 15th century. He criticized the doctrine of purgatory and salvation was derogatory scripturally. His action was the beginning of reformation and light to the then church or ecclesia. The scripture is doctrinal not perspectival as Christians while the fundamental root or source of belief in Comparative Religion is perspectival not doctrinal.

 The advantage of approaching religion from perspectival view includes the following: -

 *Religious Tolerance.

 When we approach religion from our own perspective it provides the ground for tolerating other religious groups. This is because protagonists of religion have varied religious experience with the divine that has sharpened their religious thinking. In this regard, the imposition of your religious experience and idea cannot be imposed on every other religion significantly. When religion is approached from a perspectival view it helps to establish religious limits and boundary of operation.

 *Religious Affiliation.

 By the term, it implies identification with a religious group. Oftentimes, we are faced with the question of religious identity. This provided answer to the religious perspetive you project. However, this places a high demand on the individual, because of the challenges inherent with the religion of your identification. It also places a responsibility on the individual to justify his claim and his affiliation as in the following:

i.   Contribute to the existence of that religion.

ii.  Defend its doctrine.

iii. Measurement of contribution of religion adherent.

The implication of 2 Timothy 21 – 2 in relation to contribution of religious adherent is that the continuous existence of religious group is determined to the extent by which one generation is able to bequeath the knowledge of that religion to successive generation. If a vision does not outlive the visionary, he has not gotten a vision. If you do not have the provision to sustain it or the resources to sustain a vision, do not begin it. Vision is God’s motivation and ambition is self motivation.



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