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					Chapter 2: Religious diversity and pluralism 
• The diversity of religions  o Need for understanding  o Basis for understanding  Claims in general  Traditions in focus  • Hinduism  • Buddhism  • Judaism  • Christianity  • Islam  o Approaches to religious diversity  Atheism  Agnosticism  Religious relativism  Religious pluralism  Religious inclusivism  Religious exclusivism  Religious inclusivism and exclusivism  o Distinctions  Similarities  Differences  o Objections/responses  Myth of neutrality  Justice objection  Scandal of particularity  Religious pluralism  o Pluralistic hypothesis  Distinctions  Analogies  Objections/responses  • Contradiction  • Skepticism  o Aspectual pluralism  Distinctions  Objections/responses  • Syncretism  • Skepticism  Religious relativism  o Distinctions  o Advantages  Over pluralistic hypothesis  Over aspectual pluralism  o Objections/responses  Inadequate description  Incoherent logic  Evaluating religious systems  o Criteria 

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Chapter 2: Religious diversity and pluralism 
Logical consistency  Coherence of overall system  Consistency with knowledge in other fields  Reasonable answers to fundamental questions  Existential plausibility  o Complexity  Religious tolerance  o Rejecting ‐vs.‐understanding  o Everyone’s right ‐vs.‐everyone’s significant  Summary 

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