Religious pluralism

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Religious pluralism is a loosely defined expression concerning acceptance of various religions, and is used in a number of related ways:

  • As the name of the worldview according to which one's religion is not the sole and exclusive source of truth, and thus that at least some truths and true values exist in other religions.
  • As acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This posture often emphasizes religion's common aspects.
  • Sometimes as a synonym for ecumenism, i.e., the promotion of some level of unity, co-operation, and improved understanding between different religions or different denominations within a single religion.
  • As term for the condition of harmonious co-existence between adherents of different religions or religious denominations.
  • The Catholic Church continually teaching that the fullness of revelation is, 'in and through Jesus Christ' calls the mixing of religions 'syncretism' and they teach that this view is heretical.[ambiguous]

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