The Phenomenological Approach to the Study of Religion

“Metaphysical neutrality” is necessary to an understanding of another’s religion.  It doesn’t matter whether what the person believes is true, only that they believe it.  This is the United States’ legal standard for allowing people to practice Freedom of Religion: not whether the believer’s god would be honored by her not working on the Sabbath – or even whether that god exists at all – but that the individual believes that to honor her god she should not work on the Sabbath. Accepting that someone else believes does not mean that we also believe.  Holding this sort of “methodological agnosticism” helps us to refrain from judging while we seek to understand.

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3 Responses to “The Phenomenological Approach to the Study of Religion”

  1. naana rockson amoo Says:

    the study of religion itself is complex because it has being with man since time immemoria.Therefore in order for one to understand and study another religion we must agree with the methods of the great german philosopher and apply epoche and edietic by Edmund Hurssel

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