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Comparative religion.

I have appreciated the prominence given in Theology 101 to the exposition of some major world religions. It affords important learning for Christians in the Canada of today. Dr. McLelland's learned and discerning accounts avoid the relativism suggested in the traditional designation "comparative religion".

Years ago, I found myself a newcomer to the prevailing Hindu society of Guyana short months after attending the classrooms of Professors Walter Bryden and Karl Barth. From them I had been warned of the idolatrous tendencies of the religions generally in their quest of an ideal completeness gained through the resources of human culture and historical achievement. Humanist strains invading Christian institutions were likewise suspect. Before launching into a teaching role, I gained another perspective during several evenings spent as a guest at the home of my neighbour, a pandit (teacher). I encountered there a quiet conviction, gentle piety and moral earnestness which chastened the hubris that the pandit may have seen or suspected in me.

Confessions of faith emerging in conflictual situations and the testimony of the poor and oppressed have been markers of Christian affirmation. Witnessing to faith in Jesus Christ amid the many ways on offer toward final blessing presents us with a kairos moment.

JAMES FARRIS, CHARLOTTETOWN
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Farris, James
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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