One World, One Reason, One Faith, but Many Religions: Religious Studies in an Age of Pluralism 7 March 2016

One World, One Reason, One Faith, but Many Religions: Religious Studies in an Age of Pluralism by Douglass R McGaughey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

One World, One Reason, One Faith, but Many Religions:  Religious Studies in an Age of Pluralism
[With an “Excursus:  The Nihilism of Meaning and Pure Religion”]

Abstract

Contrary to the popular notion that “all religions are different paths to the same God” this paper proposes that what unites all religion is not God (much less doctrine, ritual, or institutional structure) but the shared physical conditions and creative capacity that constitute humanity’s extraordinary position and responsibilities in the order of things.  Just as the conditions for reason are the same for all, yet reason is manifested differently, there is one religion that involves the communal support of the moral improvement of each individual that is manifested differently in multiple faiths.