Religious Truth

A Volume in the Comparative Religious Ideas Project

Edited by Robert Cummings Neville
Foreword by Jonathan Z. Smith

Subjects: Philosophy Of Religion
Series: SUNY series, The Comparative Religious Ideas Project
Paperback : 9780791447789, 365 pages, November 2000
Hardcover : 9780791447772, 365 pages, November 2000

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Table of contents

Jonathan Z. Smith

Preface: Comparing Religious Ideas
Robert Cummings Neville


Robert Cummings Neville and Wesley J. Wildman

1. Truth in Chinese Religion
Livia Kohn and James Miller

2. From Truth to Religious Truth in Hindu Philosophical Theology
Francis X. Clooney, S. J., with Hugh R. Nicholson

3. "With Great Noise and Mighty Whirlpools the Ganges Flowed Backwards": Buddhist Approaches to Truth
Malcolm David Eckel

4. "To Practice Together Truth and Humility, Justice and Law, Love of Merciful Kindness and Modest Behavior"
Anthony J. Saldarini with Joseph A. Kanofsky

5. Patristic Prama and Pramana: Augustine and the Quest for Truth
Paula Fredriksen

6. The Taxonomy of Truth in the Islamic Religious Doctrine and Tradition
S. Nomanul Haq

7. Religious Truth in the Six Traditions: A Summary
Robert Cummings Neville and Wesley J. Wildman

8. A Contemporary Understanding of Religious Truth
Robert Cummings Neville and Wesley J. Wildman

9. On the Nature of Religion: Lessons We Have Learned
Wesley J. Wildman and Robert Cummings Neville

10. Director's Conclusions
Robert Cummings Neville

Appendix A: On the Process of the Project During the Third Year
Wesley J. Wildman

Appendix B: Suggestions for Further Reading


Index of Names

Index of Subjects

Explores religious truth in a range of world religions and discusses the issue and philosophical implications of comparison itself.


This multifaceted study compares how six traditions interpret religious truth, and how it has come to be illustrated so diversely in the Chinese religion, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Philosophical essays integrate the comparisons, ask what religious truth might be in terms of a contemporary defensible theory, and reflect on what all this shows for the nature of religion and its study.

Contributors include Francis X. Clooney, S. J., Malcolm David Eckel, Paul Fredriksen, S. Nomanul Haq, Joseph Kanofsky, Livia Kohn, James E. Miller, Robert Cummings Neville, Hugh Nicholson, Anthony J. Saldarini, John Thatamanil,, and Wesley J. Wildman.


"The richly nuanced treatments of 'embodied truth' and other non-epistemological senses of truth provide many fresh insights, especially as the reader gets to compare them across world religions. " — John Morreall, author of Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion