Comparative Theology

Francis X. Clooney

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Comparative Theology

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As a form of theological exchange, comparative theology is particularly interested in highlighting the nature, dynamics, and use of doctrines and their referents, within traditions but also across boundaries. Thus, for example, candidates for analysis include faith, truth, sin, grace, salvation, community, and worship, both in general and in more specific doctrinal forms, plus an even wider range of vaguer yet still fruitful terms such as union or communion, delusion, liberation, humility, devotion, spiritual knowledge, compassion, and healing. Like other forms of theology, comparative theology is to some extent interested in how religious traditions explain their own views of common human realities. This article seeks to highlight some key features and problems of a vital yet still-developing theological discipline.

Keywords: comparative theology; theological discipline; theological exchange; worship; religious traditions

Article.  7769 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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