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Recognition and Religion: A Historical and Systematic Study

Risto Saarinen


Religious life is typically shaped by acts of interpersonal recognition. Other people grant us access to religious communities and initiate us in their practices. God appears as the supreme ruler who acknowledges us, loves us, and even creates our very being. While such acts are very common in Jewish–Christian tradition and their meaning has been extensively discussed in the history of theology, scholars have not paid attention to the long history of religious recognition in Christian sources. Recognition and Religion undertakes the task of writing an intellectual history of recognition in Wes ... More

Keywords: recognition, toleration, Christian theology, Hegelian philosophy, otherness, multiculturalism, Reformation, ecumenism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Risto Saarinen, author
Professor of Ecumenics and Chair of Ecumenics, University of Helsinki