Constructive Comparative Philosophy of Religion: Translations of Christianity and Islam and a Case Study of Ibn Tufayl and Ralph Cudworth

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, St. Olaf College, US

2 Visiting Scholar, Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, Cambridge University, UK


We point out how some Christian-Muslim comparative philosophies of religion may be enhanced with certain translations or interpretations of Christianity: a modalist view of the trinity and a high Christology. While perhaps of only limited significance, we argue in more detail that a comparison of two leading philosophers, one Islamic, the other Christian, can bring to light a shared philosophy of innate ideas or nativism, grounding moral and theological views of goodness and the divine


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