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By George Rupp

In many locations around the globe, family members among ethnic and spiritual teams that for lengthy classes coexisted roughly amicably are actually fraught with aggression and violence. This development has profound foreign implications, threatening efforts to slender the space among wealthy and bad. Underscoring the necessity for sustained motion, George Rupp urges the secular West to reckon with the ongoing strength of spiritual conviction and include the complete volume of the world's diversity.

While individualism is a strong strength in Western cultures and a cornerstone of Western overseas coverage, it elicits robust resistance in conventional groups. Drawing on a long time of analysis and event, Rupp pushes sleek individualism past its foundational ideals to acknowledge where of communal perform in our international. putting forward the price of groups and the efficient position faith performs in lots of lives, he advocates new recommendations to such international demanding situations as conflicts within the constructing global, source of revenue inequality, weather switch, and mass migration.

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While the endowment of the Center is technically part of the funds of the Divinity School, it has from its inception served as a bridge between the Faculties of Divinity and Arts and Sciences. In terms of financial arrangements, the Center’s endowment includes funds that allow significant discretion for investments in the Arts and Sciences. In broader terms, the Center has attracted both students and scholars from around the world for historical and comparative study, especially those from outside Christian traditions.

The aim of accurately and systematically describing the Religion and the academy—A Lover’s Quarrel 43 religious traditions of others in principle apart from both apologetic and iconoclastic interests has contributed measurably to the philological and historical understanding of the data of religious history. Indeed, this study has often been at the forefront of cross-cultural understanding as Western universities have only gradually moved out of very provincial conceptions—especially of the humanities.

Diversity within a tradition renders problematical every sharply delineated standard of orthodoxy; comparison among communities invites appeal to considerations not confined to any one tradition. Thus, in prac- Education as a Resource 48 tice even if not consistently in theory, the authority of any one tradition is subjected to appraisal on the basis of criteria that are arguably applicable over time and across traditions. The criteria on which such comparative appraisal is based are themselves subject to evaluation.

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