The Garden of Reality: Transreligious Relativity in a World of Becoming contemplates the relativity of religious truth, religious pluralism, transreligious discourse, postmodern cosmology, and multireligious mysticism. Its transreligious approach aims at a future multireligious, peaceful society in an ecological and cosmic context.
Dr. Faber proposes that the future of humanity is bound to conviviality with itself and the Earth, that the deepest religious motivations of existing together are relative to one another, and that transreligious relativity is essential to the conviction of religions that their motivations, experiences, and conceptualities are meaningful, real, and true.
“This is really a book written from my heart: How can we live in peace without finding ways not only practically, but also intellectually, to understand ourselves embedded in a whole, deep and wide, history of religious processes, events, and insight that is, in some profound sense, ‘one’ for all of us regardless of our contingent places of birth in space and time? I suggest this is so because religious traditions, as well as we as humanity, are already relative to one another, in the first place. As a process thinker, I have taken seriously that the widening of understanding to universal memory will also need to recognize its transformation into, and through, new (religious) events as essential for this transreligious relativity of truth.”
By engaging diverse voices from poststructuralism to Sufism, Dzogchen, and philosophical Daoism, from conceptual frameworks of Christianity and Hinduism to mystical and postmodern cosmology, current cosmopolitanism, and interreligious and interspiritual discourses, but especially understudied contributions of process thought and the Bahá’í religion, this book suggests that multireligious conviviality must listen to the universal relevance of a multiplicity of minority voices.
Its polyphilic pluralism affirms the mutual immanence and co-creative nature of religions and spiritualities with the universal insistence of divine or ultimate reality in the cosmos. Embracing a relativistic and evolutionary paradigm in an infinite cosmos of creative becoming, religions must cope with events of novelty that disturb and connect, transcend and contrast, the continuum of their truth claims, but must avoid conflict, as religious diversity is enveloped by an ever-folding landscape of ultimate reality.