Dynamic Syncretism

Today’s word ‘dynamic syncretism’ is a tendency in Hindu belief. It is not a principle of the religion or even something that happens consciously among its adherents. ‘Syncretism’ is the process by which elements of one religion are assimilated into another. The reason that ‘dynamic’ is added to the term when discussing Hinduism is that unlike other syncretic religions: Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam which have each borrowed from no more than two religions directly, Hinduism has assimilated principles from many different systems of belief. Continue reading “Dynamic Syncretism”

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Preternatural (Praeternatural)

I first encountered this word while in my studies at St. Bens.  It is a word used in metaphysics, the philosophy of nature, and in theology. It is used to define phenomena or events which fall outside of the normal or ‘natural’ but still happening by the agency of some created being (including spiritual beings). Continue reading “Preternatural (Praeternatural)”