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Author Topic: Doing comparative religion well  (Read 2545 times)
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« Reply #4: April 16, 2010, 04:28:57 am »

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.

The problem as I see it is that you may observe that Followers of the Cosmic Twinkie celebrate the significance of the sacred Doodah, following and honouring its seasonal cycles in annual rituals, while members of the Order of the Radish celebrate the significance of sacred Blimblam in a rather similar fashion.  But could we ever equate Doodah with Blimblam?  That is one of the issues with syncretism in relation to the pagan Gods of course - but it might also apply to other mystical concepts.  Some real examples I have in mind are Odin hung on the World Tree, the Kabbalistic sephira of Tiphereth, and the crucifixion of Jesus.  [I'm not claiming these are equivalent, but I'm noting that there may be points of similarity and some theorists might wish to abstract some generalised notion about all these different paths from the points of similarity.]
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