Re: Religion and ethnocentrism

Brian Michael Howell (bmhowell@ARTSCI.WUSTL.EDU)
Thu, 11 Apr 1996 16:21:39 -0500

On Thu, 11 Apr 1996, wrote:

> On Wed, 10 Apr 1996, Cliff Sloane wrote:
> > How could anyone doubt that a belief that one's own religion is true can
> > be anything other than ethnocentrism?
> Forgive me for joining this discussion late-
> Is the word "true" being used here as a synonym for "valid"?
> or more absolutist, as in, "conformable to an essential reality"?
> Carolyn

Good question. That will clarify things. True, in my usage, means the
latter. None of the world religions (in terms of orthodox [not
"conservative"]) would agree with the definition of truth as "valid".