Theology, Religion, or Tradition?
Chapter 2 is an exploration of the methodological influences that have helped to focus the study. Francis Clooney’s proposal for ‘comparative theology’ provides a current context by which to both contrast what Appasamy was attempting to do in his own time and place as well as connect him to current comparative approaches. Alasdair MacIntyre’s Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry then provides an overview of some of the tectonic shifts that have taken place in the last century of scholarship, bridging the distance between Appasamy’s time and present-day scholarship. And Eric J. Lott’s Vision, Tradition, Interpretation helps to bridge some of the distance between the academic disciplines of ‘theology’ and ‘religious studies’, considering both especially in the context of Hindu traditions. In doing so, a ‘comparative traditions’ approach is identified which understands theology as being embedded in sacred narrative and embodied in sacramental practice.
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