RELIGIOUS STUDIES 101B Lecture Notes April 9
PLURALISM not the same as DIVERSITY.
Pluralism is not only the tolerance of difference, but active
engagement in learning about one another's beliefs.
PLURALISM not the same as RELATIVISM.
Pluralism is not just interested in finding similarities, but
also means better education as to other's beliefs and your own,
PLURALISM not the same as SECULARISM.
SECULARISM is exclusion of all religion. Pluralism is equal
support and acceptance and permission in decision making to all
- pluralism focuses on the value of HARMONY, present in all
- true instances of genuine dialogue where the dialogees are
open minded and willing to change their opinion are rare.
- dialogue cannot be controlled by orthodoxy (orthodoxy implies
herasy). both sides must be considered equal.
- MUGHAL INDIAN EMPEROR AKBAR had real dialogue.
- there have bee