Comparative Theology: Between Theology and Religious Studies
AbstractIn the German-speaking academy there is a widespread rivalry between theology and religious studies. “Comparative Theology” provokes suspicions from both sides. This contribution first takes a look at the history of the rivalry, refers then to the criticism from both sides against “Comparative Theology” and suggests a way of positioning it between the two stools. It pleads for distinguishing between the levels of (analytical) method and (constructive) interpretation as far as possible. The comparative approach should be understood and used as a method of comparative analysis in accordance with the standards of religious studies, while theological reflection should constitute the hermeneutical frame of motivation and interpretation.
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Bernhardt, R. Comparative Theology: Between Theology and Religious Studies. Religions 2012, 3, 964-972.
Bernhardt R. Comparative Theology: Between Theology and Religious Studies. Religions. 2012; 3(4):964-972.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bernhardt, Reinhold. 2012. "Comparative Theology: Between Theology and Religious Studies." Religions 3, no. 4: 964-972.