“A Convergence of Faith: The Concept of Relation in the Work of Sara Grant, RSCJ,” by Stephanie Petersen-Corigliano

Is the radical non-dualism of Advaita Vedanta fundamentally at odds with Christian monotheistic belief? Sara Grant, R.S.C.J., argues that it is not.  However, unlike her religious and monastic contemporaries at work in India such as Henri Le Saux and Bede Griffiths, she does not rely on a mystical convergence to unsay the dichotomies between traditions. Rather, she argues that Advaita’s foremost proponent, Sankaracarya, developed a philosophy that was wholly dependent on the concept of relation. Her analysis of this concept in the work of Sankara is one of Grant’s unique contributions to the study of Indian philosophy. Grant further contends that an analogous concept is at work in the theology of Thomas Aquinas and that this pivotal concept has similarly received undue attention. In the work of her dissertation, Grant forges an early scholarly effort at inter-religious dialogue and comparative theology.

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