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Title: Comparative Theology and Hermeneutics: A Gadamerian Approach to Interreligious Interpretation
Authors: Hedges, Paul
Keywords: Hans-Georg Gadamer
Francis X. Clooney
Interreligious Studies
Comparative Theology
Marianne Moyaert
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Hedges, P. (2016). Comparative Theology and Hermeneutics: A Gadamerian Approach to Interreligious Interpretation. Religions, 7(1), 7-.
Series/Report no.: Religions
Abstract: This paper employs the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer as a tool to underpin the methodology of Comparative Theology. Acknowledging limitations in Gadamer’s framework, it argues these can either be overcome or bypassed in this context. The paper initially sets out Gadamer’s own understanding of the relationship of his hermeneutics to theology and its reception within theology. It then outlines Francis Clooney’s Comparative Theology using others theologians as needed to supplement this, notably Paul Knitter and Michelle Voss Roberts. The third part shows how Comparative Theology’s methodologically can be grounded in principles coming from Gadamer’s hermeneutics which provide a philosophical rationale for the discipline, making particular use of the concept of translation. It makes reference to Marianne Moyaert’s deployment of Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutical model for interreligious understanding. Various directions for further research are suggested at the end of the paper.
ISSN: 2077-1444
DOI: 10.3390/rel7010007
Schools: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 
Rights: © 2016 by the author; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license (
Fulltext Permission: open
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