Every evolved religion has:
a) a transcendental orientation which directs us to an absolute truth, to a supreme goal; and
b) a system of dogmas, of axiomatic positions, to help understand the world. These determine the rational and metaphysical values which the religion supports.
Clearly, any convergence of views in the spheres of absolute truth and the defining transcendental orientation is going to be very difficult. In particular, the religions which affect more than half the population of the earth (Christianity and Islam), as well as Judaism which preceded them, are religions which depend on divine revelation. The fundamental values regarding the true, the good and the holy which inform them are regarded as having been given ‘from above’. Any philosophical and legislative guidelines follow on from this.
“Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana”
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