Catholic Theology, Comparative Study, and a Practice of Hindu Meditation
This paper lays out some developments in the Catholic theology of religions and in comparative study. It critiques them in light of the author’s experiences as a Roman Catholic practitioner of a Hindu form of meditation. Examples of the theology of religions and comparative study from the 1960s are inadequate because they reduce Hinduism to Christian terms, and both religions are too complex to be reduced one to the other. However, the approaches of Raimundo Panikkar, James Fredericks, and Jacques Dupuis are able to handle this complexity much better, resonating better with the author’s direct involvement with two religions.