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Jewish Theology and World Religions$
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Alon Goshen-Gottstein and Eugene Korn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764098

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764098.001.0001

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Can Another Religion Be Seen as the Other?

Can Another Religion Be Seen as the Other?

(p.137) Five Can Another Religion Be Seen as the Other?
Jewish Theology and World Religions

Stanisław Krajewski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter assesses whether it is possible to relate to another religious system as a true Other, or whether one can do so only to a person who subscribes to a different religion. One way of using the philosophy of the Other as an inspiration for the shaping of the vision of other religions is to transfer discoveries from the realm of individual persons to the realm of religions. When religions become the main focus, turning to the plural may be seen as the natural step. One can attempt various ways of acknowledging the Otherness of another religion, but one should constantly come back to one basic and obvious point: one never encounters ‘religions’. Instead, one encounters descriptions of religions. All genuine manifestations of religion, like texts, rituals, and buildings, are important, but they are nothing without religious people. Above all, one must encounter individual human beings who profess a religion. It is important to acknowledge not just some set of predicates, but someone's exceptional and socially rooted aspect — their religiosity. The chapter then considers the priestly status of the Jewish people.

Keywords:   religious systems, philosophy, religions, Otherness, religious people, religiosity, Jewish people

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