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Multiple Revelations

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0023
Multiple Revelations

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Surely there is but one correct revelation? Although the account of revelation in this book would seem to allow for the possibility that different revelations could be appropriate for different people. This chapter explores that possibility. Drawing on a famous play by Gotthold Lessing, it proposes a pluralist model of religious commitment: a model on which God Himself might expect people to come to Him in different ways. However, there must be some limits on what to count as a legitimate religion. These depend primarily on whether the interpretive tradition receiving a revealed text gives it an adequately moral meaning, not on features of the text alone.

Keywords: pluralism; Lessing; Nathan the Wise

Chapter.  5439 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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