Separating the Chaff from the Wheat: Engaging Comparative Religion for World Peace

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Department of Religious Management and Cultural Studies, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.


Comparative Study of Religion gained currency in the eighteenth century when evolutionary theory became recognised in the study of science and creationism. This comparative study of religion exposed scholars and the likes to its nitty-gritty. This became crucial as a result of the errors always promoted by various religious believers on truth-claims, salvation and others. No doubt, this truth-claim coupled with religious cleavage, religious conservatism, religious sentiments and fundamentalism have often led to conflict, unrest, mistrust, misgiving, misrepresentation, superstition and backwardness. The essential reason for these limitations is the inability to study, understand, appreciate and respect other faiths and beliefs than one’s own, which is the benchmark of comparative religion. All these limitations are the chaff today in our pluralistic society. Therefore, this paper seeks to posit that scientific study of religion recognises gamut of faiths in the inhabited world, and this recognition does not serve as an impediment but rather a demonstration of many in one with open-mindedness, tolerance, accommodation, experiential sympathy, balanced view and objective mind. These imperatives go beyond individualism, prejudice, bias, particularity, patronizing accommodation and blanket manifestation. These are the wheat rather than the chaff for world peace.



Comparative Study, religion, salvation, sentiments, fundamentalism, conflict