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World ReligionsA directly faith-related quote from the autobiography of Charles Darwin reads as follows:-
At present the most usual argument for the existence of an intelligent God is drawn from deep inward conviction and feelings which are experienced by most persons. But it cannot be doubted that Hindoos, Mahomedans and others might argue in the same manner and with equal force in favour of the existence of one God, or of many Gods, or as with the Buddhists of no God...
....This argument would be a valid one, if all men of all races had the same inward conviction of the existence of one God; but we know this is very far from being the case. Therefore I cannot see that such inward convictions and feelings are of any weight as evidence of what really exists....
It happens that in our own times sympathetic translations of texts drawn from several world religions are widely available. Many persons have come to see that there is a "Perennial Philosophy" of agreement that lies at the heart of several World Faiths.
On our pages you can find a host of profound quotations concerning comparative world religions studies. These important quotes, drawn from Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist mysticism, taken together, reveal such a high degree of consistency across the major world religions in the spiritual qualities that they regard as being central to faith (e.g. Charity, Purity of Heart, Humility and Meekness) that it can actually lead us to see less realism in the expression Comparative Religion than in the expression Complementary Religion!!!
Our selections of quotations on comparative religion are original to age-of-the-sage.org - they were identified after one of our researchers became deeply interested in the content of a book by Aldous Huxley called The Perennial Philosophy where a limited number of the spiritual qualities that are respected by the world religions were considered. We believe that our own studies have very greatly extended the range of spiritual qualities that can be held to be respected by ALL the major world religions.
Huxley's work, as published in the 1940's, was presented with something of an emphasis on extracts from eastern religious texts as Huxley held that his readers might well be somewhat more familiar with Christian and Jewish (Old Testament?) quotations.
In these culturally less religious, and more globalised, times we have decided to give approximately equal weight to quotations drawn from six major faiths - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism (also known as Vedanta) and Taoism.
We have attempted to structure these quotations - starting from our Home Page readers can be gradually introduced to the concept of mystical (and poetic) wisdom before being offered exposure to a wide range of mystical and poetic insights.
As something of a conclusion to this aspect of our site we also offer a page that considers quotations that can be held to illustrate what the major religions can fairly directly offer in efforts to understand the relationship between Spirituality and the Wider World.
Our pages then continue with speculations and reflections, based on this understanding of the relationship between Spirituality and the Wider World, about the unfolding of modern (European) history.
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