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Woven on the Loom of Time

Many Faiths and One Divine Purpose by: M. Darrol Bryant

The essays study different dimensions of the modern autonomous individual existence such as the pre-selfconscious self and the mind’s ‘insane’ aspects. They discuss artistic, especially aesthetic, experience, and ethics and moral philosophy.

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ISBN: 9788186921067
Year Of Publication: 1999
Edition: 1st
Pages : vi, 145
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 450

Overview

How are we to understand the many religious traditions of humankind? Should we view our own religion as true and all others false? Should we regard all religions as the same? Should we view the religions as a cacophony? Professor Bryant explores these questions in this challenging book. He seeks to find a path through contemporary religious conflict that will lead us to greater understanding and appreciation of the plurality of religious traditions. Woven on the Loom of Time: Many Faith and One Divine Purpose argues that the religious traditions share a common purpose: to fit humanity for the Ultimate. But that shared purpose is unfolded differently in each religious tradition. Moreover, the great religious traditions unfold on the loom of time where they clothe and reshape our humanity to make us fit for the Ultimate. Professor Bryant unfolds his argument in five chapters. After an introductory chapter, he lays the foundation for an understanding of “dialogical humanity” that sees the religious traditions as “a dialogue with transcendence.” He then explores the multiform religious traditions – Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Confucian and Sikh – as “nurseries for the formation of humanity.” In the fifth chapter, he unfolds a “grammar of the spirit” that sees religion as shaping and clothing humanity on the loom of time. In the Epilogue, Bryant restates his thesis in a poem concerning “divine-human destiny.”

Contents

1. Opening the Subject
Seven Assumptions and Distinctions
Four Affirmations
Anticipating The Argument
2. Dialogical Humanity : In the Crucible of Transcendence
The Transcendent Presence
Dialogical Humanity
Relational Humanity
3. The Making of Humanity in the Multiform Religious Traditions
The Hindu Way : Many Paths, One Goal
The Buddhist Way : From Suffering to Enlightenment
The Christian Way : Love of God and the Neighbour
The Muslim Way : Surrender as Fulfilment
The Confusian Way : Harmonious Relations
The Sikh Way : Ecstasy and Seva
Making Humanity in the Crucible of Transcendence

4. A Grammar of the Spirit : Making Humanity in Persons, Society and History
5. Woven on the Loom of Time
6. Epilogue
Glossary
Index

Meet the Author
Books of M. Darrol Bryant