The first five chapters have presented a basic introduction to the framework of generic ways of being religious, to its application to the study of religious tradi- tions, and secondarily to its relevance to inter-religious dialogue. The time has come to step back and reflect on the framework as a whole in terms of its use in religious studies: What are the advantages of making use of it as opposed to some other framework or none at all? What are the disadvantages or liabilities of making use of the framework?
- 6.1: Advantages of Using the Framework
- A framework for the comparative study of religion offers several practical advantages, especially to the beginning student in the comparative study of religions. It may help to have them summarized in a single place. Some advantages of personal relevance will be identified; second, some advantages relevant to the health and well-being of religious traditions will be mentioned, and six advantages relating to acquiring better understandings of religions and religious phenomena will be discussed.
- 6.2: Liabilities of Using the Framework (How Not to Apply It)
- Some frameworks are better than others, depending to some extent on the purposes they are employed to serve. No one framework is suitable for all purposes, and some clearly do more justice to the phenomena than others. So, in addition to advantages or assets, the framework of ways of being religious has certain disadvantages or liabilities if used uncritically or by itself without supplementation.