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November 18, 2010



Your Western and essentially Christian provincialism is self-evident in the title of this book, and its contents.

What about the key "thinkers" from all of the other non-Western and non-Christian Traditions?


Good observation, but let’s remember that the universalism (“nonprovincialism”) underlying the implicit criticism is a Western and Christian norm. The act of objectifying "philosophy of religion" for reflection is not, or at least was not originally, a non-Western, non-Christian enterprise.

Non-Western non-Christians have enriched the conversation, but only by first conforming their thinking to this culturally and religiously alien (to them) enterprise and then adding their distinctive perspectives, which may very well change the direction of the conversation.

Heirs of the Christian West are criticized, ironically I think, for not living up to its universal ideal; non-Christian, non-Westerners, who do not have that ideal in their "cultural DNA" are rarely (if ever) expected to live up to it. (Such rarely expressed expectations would only serve as more evidence of that allegedly ignoble Western, Christian provincialism.)

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