There’s much to be said for at least some forms of perennialism. If I understand it correctly, perennialism claims that there is a kind of universal divine wisdom leading to salvation, and that salvation can be had by following any of the great world religious traditions.

However, a person has to choose a tradition within which to live, practice, learn, grow. All paths lead to God, but one still must choose a path. This is very different from a pick-and-choose approach to wisdom.

And yet, where it is modern is its meta-stance (if I may put it that way) towards all religious traditions. Some would criticize, and perhaps rightly so, the idea that one can stand somehow above all religious traditions and come to the conclusion that they are all equally valid paths to God.

Does perennialism stand or fall on this question? I don’t think so.

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