Woven on the Loom of Time

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Item Code: IDD213
Author: M. Darrol Bryant
Publisher: Decent Books
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 8186921060
Pages: 145
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 450 gm
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How are we to understand the many religious traditions of humankind? Should we view own religion as true and all others false? Should we regard all religions as the same? Should we view the religions as a cacophony? Professor Bryant explores these questions in this challenging book. He seeks to find a path through contemporary religious conflict that will lead us to great understanding and appreciation of the plurality of religious traditions. Woven on the Loom of Time: Many faith and One Divine Purpose argues that the religious traditions share a common purpose is unfolded differently in each religious tradition. Moreover the great religious traditions unfold on the loom of time where they clothe and reshape or humanity to make us fit for the Ultimate.

Professor Bryant unfolds his argument in five chapters. After an introductory chapter, he lays the foundation for an understanding of dialogical humanity that sees the religious traditions as a dialogue with transcendence. He then explores the multiform religious tradition-Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Confucian and Sikh-as nurseries for the formation of humanity. In the fifth chapter he unfolds a grammar of the spirit that sees religion as shaping and clothing humanity on the loom of time. In the Epilogue, Bryant restates his thesis in a poem concerning divine human destiny.

About the Author

M. Darrol Bryant is a Professor of Religion and Culture at Renison College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has been the chair of the Department of Religious Studies and the Acting Principle of Renison College. He is the author of fifteen books. He has published more that 70 scholarly articles in journals both East and West. He was educated at Harvard University and St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto. Dr. Bryant has been a Visiting Scholar at Hamdard University and the University of Madras in India, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and he has lectured at university throughout the world. His research over the past twenty years has been focused on the dialogue of religions.


1 Opening the Subject 1
  Seven Assumptions 8
  Four Affirmations 18
  Anticipating the Arguments 26
2 Dialogical Humanity 29
  A Contemporary Problematic 30
  Humanity, Transcendence, Dialogue 35
  Dialogue with Transcendence 50
3 The Multiform Religious Traditions 57
  Religions as Ways 58
  The Hindu Way 65
  The Buddhist Way 70
  The Christian Way 75
  The Muslim Way 79
  The Confucian Way 83
  The Sikh Way 87
  Polyphonic Humanity 90
4 A Grammar of the Spirit 93
  Spirit/ Death/Life 97
  Intergenerational Life 107
  History and National Nurseries 114
  Culture and Religion: Ways of Life 121
5 Woven on the Loom of Time 125
6 Epilogue: Divine-Human Destiny 135
  Glossary 141
  Index 143
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