Christianity / Islam : Perspectives on Esoteric Ecumenism, a New Translation with Selected Letters
Schuon's articles on the relationship between Christianity and Islam have profound implications for inter-faith dialogue. Several thought-provoking chapters shed light, from an inward dimension, upon the apparent outward contradictions between these two religions, notably in the field of moral divergences. This new edition is a fully revised translation of the original French edition and contains an extensive new Appendix with previously unpublished selections from his letters and other private writings.
The chapter on the nature of Protestant Evangelicalism is a seminal work upholding the role of intrinsic orthodoxy in reconciling the exigencies of spiritual idealism with those of the everyday human world. In a sense, what is at issue here is the same problem -- but on a different plane -- as the enigma of diverse subjectivities. The section on Islam includes fascinating explanations of the various confessional divergences within its orthodox framework and their necessity. Both religions are here viewed as providential and integral manifestations of "divine subjectivity," each including three spheres or levels: the apostolic, the theological and the political. In setting forth and contrasting the key-notions of both faiths, the author illuminates the reasons for their differences as well as the underlying unity and universality of their metaphysical truths. While always pointing to the Divine Origin of authentic spirituality, Schuon's explication of the elements of "intrinsic orthodoxy" -- in contrast to its particular manifestations within a religion -- restores a sense of degrees in the Divine Order as well as a sense of proportions on the human plane. It is a perspective that transcends the polemics of conflicting confessional viewpoints and affirms the liberating divine content of diverse religious forms.
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World Wisdom, Inc.
May 24, 2008
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