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Author Topic: Doing comparative religion well  (Read 2546 times)
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« Reply #3: April 14, 2010, 07:30:31 pm »

And there's a lot of Pagan religions, at least, that don't have doctrine on questions that are often used for comparative religion - it's not what's important.  Or it is important but not really discussed, in some cases.  Without that, you can't compare, because you don't know what's the religion and what's the individual follower.

It strikes me that there is a kernal of an approach in that obesrvation alone. Perhaps it is in comparing abservable facts about what the religion has opinions on, what sort of opinions they are, the degree to which they impact behaviour/social structures/relationships/values/etc., the manner in which they are communicated, their origin, etc. Not sure, but it seems to avoid comments on the internal understanding of the religions in a way that might avoid some of the more egregious abuses to which comparative religion and 'meta-myth' projects have fallen prey.
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