Between the Garland of Jaimini’s Reasons and Catholic Theology
This chapter offers a comparative study of the Garland of Jaimini’s Reasons (14th century), a classic Hindu text which emerged within Mīmāmsā, the primary school of Hindu liturgical theology, and several similarly basic introductory Christian theological texts, namely, the Decretum of Gratian (twelfth century), the Sentences of Peter Lombard (1096–164), and the Catechism of Peter Canisius (1521–97). These texts, which serve as summations and distillations of their traditions, are studied with particular attention paid to their treatment of divinity. This exercise in comparison highlights the possibilities and limitations inherent in learning from true religious “others” who are inaccessible to straightforward borrowing, and the importance of discernment as an essential tool in comparative work that promises to progress in a theologically significant way.
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