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Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Abstract

Continuing the author's series on comparative religion, this book deals with religious views of human nature and destiny. The beliefs of six major traditions are presented: the view of Advaita Vedanta that there is one Supreme Self, unfolding into the illusion of individual existence; the Vaishnava belief that there is an infinite number of souls, whose destiny is to be released from material embodiment; the Buddhist view that there is no eternal Self; the Abrahamic belief that persons are essentially embodied souls; and the materialistic position that persons are complex material organisms. I ... More

Keywords: comparative religion, human nature, destiny, Advaita Vedanta, Vaishnava, Buddhist, Abrahamic, immortality, Indian, Semitic

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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Keith Ward, author
University of Oxford
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