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Religions 2018, 9(2), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020042

Reading Religiously across Religious Borders: A Method for Comparative Study

Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Received: 15 January 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Methodical Aspects of Comparison)
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Oliver Freiberger has done us the great service of drawing our attention to how comparativists do their comparative work. Issues of method—the “methodical aspects”—of course matter greatly in the actual doing of comparison, even if the scholar is not interested in theoretical discussions of method per se. One has to know one’s craft, in order to do it well, and to be clear in practice about how to proceed: “How comparison actually works as a method in the study of religion has not been discussed in greater detail so far. With due deliberation we can, as Freiberger suggests, identify and isolate specific methodical problems, effectively confront wholesale criticism, and find opportunities to refine the methodology. His approach also allows committed comparativists to speak in more depth about what we are doing in our research and writing. View Full-Text
Keywords: comparative theology; Hindu and Catholic theology; reading religiously; intuition; illuminative comparison; micro-comparison comparative theology; Hindu and Catholic theology; reading religiously; intuition; illuminative comparison; micro-comparison
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