An Emerging Cosmotheandric Religion?: Raimon Panikkar's by Jyri Komulainen

By Jyri Komulainen

Raimon Panikkar (b. 1918), a Catalan-born Hindu-Christian, is a admired theorist of interreligious discussion. This learn offers a close research of his theology of religions. at the foundation of the latest assets to be had, it seems that even his "radical pluralism" can't eschew the inherent difficulties attribute of pluralistic theologies of religions. not like different pluralists, Panikkar doesn't sign up for the Enlightenment culture. as a substitute, his plea for the transformation of present religions relies on an idiosyncratic "cosmotheandrism," which pulls on either primordial spiritual traditions and existentialist philosophy. the must haves of interreligious discussion, as defined in his paintings, therefore entail dedication to a specific cosmology and mode of realization.

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1993. ”—Die Verantwortung des Menschen für eine bewohnbare Welt im Christentum, Hinduismus und Buddhismus. Hrsg. Raimundo Panikkar und Walter Strolz. [Veröffentlichungen der Stiftung Oratio Dominica. Weltgespräch der Religionen. Schriftenreihe zur grossen Ökumene. ] Herder: Freiburg-Basel-Wien. 1985, 147–190. 147 In DMTM, Panikkar’s own thoughts and interpretations are to some extent intertwined with his exposition of the anthropological conceptions of different traditions. See DMTM, 162–171. Nonetheless, the text should be seen also as one in which Panikkar articulates his thinking.

See also MacPherson 1996, xiii. Cf. Ahlstrand 1993, 11–23, which classifies Panikkar’s work too superficially according to his biography. 91 The Unknown Christ of Hinduism. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1964. 92 The Unknown Christ of Hinduism: Towards an Ecumenical Christophany. Completely Revised and Enlarged Edition. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. 1981. 93 See Panikkar 1964, 17, 59–61. See also Mitra 1987, 42–48, which presents some thoughts of Panikkar before his pluralistic turn. 94 See UCH, 70–75.

Therefore the second edition of UCH is to be seen somewhere in the middle ground between the old and the new, even though it was not published until 1981. Cf. also MRDP, 12: “. . the second revised edition of The Unknown Christ of Hinduism which is to come out very shortly. ” 95 UCH, x–xi, especially xi: “. . ]; 26   On the other hand, it should be noted that his thinking seems to be radicalized even after its pluralistic turn. As a pluralist, he has begun to criticize any theological way of thinking and speaking which leans on some conception of ‘Absolute’.

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