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Comparative Nondualisms. Many religions use the term "nondualism" or one of its variations, and nondualism as a concept is occurring more frequently in popular religious discourse, such as the work of Fr. Richard Rohr. But "nondualism" has different meanings in different contexts. In some traditions, the term "nondualism" is synonymous with monism, asserting that only pure unity has ultimate reality. In other traditions, "nondualism" describes an open and relational ontology, offering deep relatedness within real difference. This panel will consider multiple religious perspectives on the concept of nondualism, to plumb the breadth and depth of its potential meaning. Moreover, in accordance with the themes of justice and equality for the 2021 AAR, the panel will consider the sociopolitical implications of nondualism for our current age of division. 

Co-Chairs:

Bede Bidlack, bbidlack@anselm.edu

Krista E. Hughes, kristaehughes@gmail.com

Wm. Andrew Schwartz, andrew@ctr4process.org

Wilhelmus Valkenberg, valkenberg@cua.edu