Responding to Syncretism

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Syncretism seems to disturb, and make uncertain what is taken for granted. Whether this is out of ‘logic’ or out of ‘jealousy’ is important in my reading. In this paper I suggest that logic is unhelpful in analyses of syncretism. Many religiously grounded refutations and condemnations of syncretism are based on jealousy, I suggest. I also suggest that jealousy as ground for judging syncretism, syncretic comportment, or syncretic ideas entails a relational aspect, giving place to sentiment, and to emotion. hence, jealousy requires judgements when a purported syncretic phenomenon is dealt with. Making a judgement implies therefore possible negotiations, changed views, and compromise. A judgement invites ethical perspectives.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Religious Studies


  • jealousy, syncretism, philosophy of religion, theology of religions, religious pluralism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheological and Philosophical Responses to Syncretism
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Mirage of Pure Religion
EditorsPatrik Fridlund, Mika Vähäkangas
Place of PublicationLeiden & Boston
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789004336599
ISBN (Print)978-90-0435212-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 14
Publication categoryResearch

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