The multi-entry approach proposes to rethink our discipline by introducing 18 different ways to envision philosophy of religion. “18,” of course, is an arbitrary number that emerged from the participants in the GCPR project.
1) A multi-entry approach shifts the focus from traditions such as “Christianity” or “indigenous religions” to systems such as “monotheism” and “communalism.”
2) Systems are driven by governing paradigms. Each paradigm determines unique questions and concerns with regard to what may be “philosophy” and/of “religion.”
3) Each system has a concrete historical context that has shaped its development, even if it can be thought through and applied independent from this particular context.
4) Each system develops its own language (translation into English will be an interesting problem) to envision what we call “religion” and “philosophy.” Every author either adopts an existing language or develops a new one.
5) All systems are regarded equal. There will be no overarching paradigm or language. Every chapter engages two other chapters on its own terms.
The publication includes the following chapters:
(A) Philosophies of religion engaging worldviews
1) “Rethinking Christian Theism: Exploring the Monotheistic Paradigm” (Aaron Simmons)
2) “Ibn al-‘Arabī’s ‘Knots in the Real’: Exploring the Insān
-ity Paradigm” (Oludamini Oguannike)
3) “Correlational Cosmologies: Exploring the Qi-Based Paradigm” (Leah Kalmanson)
4) “Contemplation and Neuroscience: Exploring the Embodiment Paradigm” (Laura Weed)
5) “Philosophy of Religion without the Supernatural: Exploring the Naturalist Paradigm” (Kevin Schilbrack)
6) “Faith and Reason Beyond Words: Exploring the Visual-Ontological and Visual-Epistemological paradigms” (Peter Nekola)
(B) Philosophies of religion engaging methods of inquiry
7) “Nyāya Critical Thinking on Matters Small and Great: Exploring the Rationalist Paradigm” (Purushottama Bilimoria, Agnieszka Rostalska)
8) “Beyond Thought(s): Exploring the Trans-Rational Paradigm” (Louis Komjathy)
9) “Subjectivity, Religion, and Otherness: Exploring the Feminist Paradigm” (Hye Young Kim)
10) “”Interrogating ‘religion’: Exploring the Deconstructive Paradigm” (Nathan Loewen, Gereon Kopf)
11) “The Mind-Culture Nexus: Exploring the Systems Paradigm” (Wesley Wildman, Yair Lior)
12) “Anapotheotics: Exploring the Hermeneutic Paradigm” (Nathan Eric Dickman)
(C) Philosophies of religion engaging practices
13) “Somatophilia in Sikhism: Exploring the Aesthetic Paradigm” (Nikky-Guninder Gaur Singh)
14) “The path of the unattached ones: Exploring the Renunciation Paradigm” (Marie-Hélène Gorisse)
15) “One Lakota Perspective: Exploring the Relational Paradigm” (Fritz Detweiler)
16) “Isintuism Among the Nguni of Southern Africa: Exploring the Communalist Paradigm” (Herbert Moyo)
17) “Philosophy of Religion and Politics: Exploring the Power Paradigm” (Nathan Loewen) 18) “The Journey Metaphor: Exploring the Comparativist Paradigm” (Timothy Knepper)