By S. N. Balagangadhara

ISBN-10: 9004099433

ISBN-13: 9789004099432

This day, so much intellectuals agree that: a) Christianity has profoundly stimulated western tradition; b) contributors from assorted cultures adventure many elements of the realm in a different way; c) the empirical and theoretical examine of either tradition and faith emerged in the West. This learn argues that those truisms have implications for the conceptualization of faith and tradition. extra particularly, the thesis is that non-western cultures and religions vary from the descriptions general within the West. the writer proposes analyses of faith, the Roman "religio", the development of "religions" in India, and the character of cultural adjustments. faith is critical to the West as the structure and the identification of western tradition is tied to the dynamic of Christianity as a faith.

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Diderot varied this theme a bit: he suggested that Cicero was irreligious but then, in his time, the people hardly read at all; they listened to the speeches of their orators, and the speeches were always filled with piety toward the gods; but they did not know what the orator thought and wrote about it in his study. ) Hume was even more explicit, suggesting a fear of persecution if not downright dishonesty: if there was ever a nation or a time, in which the public religion lost all authority over mankind, we might expect, that infidelity in ROME, during the CICERONEAN age, would openly have erected its throne, and that CICERO himself, in every speech and action, would have been its most declared abettor.

Here, we need to keep the global problem sharply before our eyes. , are not important. For instance, being colourless, odourless and tasteless are not important for some compound substance to be water. Consequently, two liquids with different mineral traces could be samples of water even if they taste, smell and look different from each other. Or, God(s), prophets, creeds and churches play a role analogous to the molecular structure of water. A liquid which does not have the chemical composition of H2O is not water, whatever else it may be (for example, an acid).

Question is inappropriate, is to miss a crucial point: religio comes from Latin, used by the Romans first, but appropriated later by Christianity. This point raises two historical questions: what was the nature of the Roman religio? How was this ‘language game’ ap- SOME PUZZLES AND PROBLEMS 25 propriated (and modified) by Christians and others? ) Because we can talk both intelligibly and, hopefully, intelligently about these two historical questions, references to linguistic practices and language games merely raise further problems.

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