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Title: What are Comparative Theologians Doing when they are Doing Comparative Theology?
Subtitle: A Lonerganian Perspective with Examples from the Engagement with Islam
Author(s): DADOSKY, John D. , KROKUS, Christian
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 32    Issue: 1   Date: 2022   
Pages: 67-93
DOI: 10.2143/SID.32.1.3290944

Abstract :
This article explores Lonergan’s potential contribution to understanding current questions in the methods of comparative theology. There is an impasse in the latter methodologies influenced by specialized methods and the investigation of differences. All this is heightened by a post-colonial context that is reluctant to ask theological questions that might point beyond comparison, and, by the resistance to comparative theology by other members of the faith community. Written by a Lonergan scholar who has done comparative theology and a comparative theologian who has studied Lonergan, this paper locates the crux of the issue to lie between what Lonergan calls the functional specialties dialectic and foundations. Methodologically, comparative religionists do not move beyond dialectic. However, comparative theologians will need to if they are to do more than just compare – committing not only to their own faith tradition, but to some extent, to truths that lie in the other tradition they study.

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