Brahman: A Comparative Theology
Psychology Press, 2001 - 268 pages
This book is a critique of western systematic theology. It borrows insights from India and other traditions; it is not a synthesis of religious traditions. The book includes two parts, method and systematics. It examines the traditional topics of systematic theology '- topics such as the existence and nature of God, revelation and reason, religious ethics and human practice, the relation of God to the world, Christology, and eschatology - and allows these topics to grow in conversation with India and to change according to dialogical insights. The book is prompted by a perceived need to cross the boundaries between western and Indian worldviews in a systematic and comprehensive way. The purpose of the book is to enable scholars worldwide to extend their theological resources and to look anew at the problems and prospects of a comparative, systematic theology.
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Chapter One Introduction
Definitions of Brahman
The Method of Borrowing Insights from Other Traditions
Scholarly Resources for the Comparative Theologian
A Synopsis of the Argument
Onedimensional Twodimensional or Holistic?
A Model of Theological Inquiry
Vedic Henotheism and the Religious Ideal
Locus and Material of the Sacrifice
Self and SelfSacrifice
Self and Community
Eschatology from Veda to Vedānta
Revelation Through Sacred Text
Chapter Five Is Brahman God?
Cosmic Order and the Problem of Evil
The Method of Correlation
YinYang or Correlative Thinking
Summary Defense of the Holistic Method
Chapter Three Vedic Holism and Theology
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