myreplyis.com asked in Humanities 21st Jan '15:What is the counter argument to being a "religious moderate"?. Is it time for moderates to choose sides?.
Amal Ghazal replied 22nd Jan '15:
A religious moderate assumes a certain position towards religious texts and their interpretation. Such a position implies non-adherence to a literal meaning of the religious text and an inclination to allow flexibility and accommodation in its understanding and interpretation, taking into account the present circumstances rather than the mere historical ones that might have informed past interpretations, now deemed unacceptable or unsuitable.
Both 'religious' and 'moderate' are contentious terms but belong to their own epistemological circumstances that should be taken into account. Thus, there is always a counter argument to what is 'religious' and what is 'moderate' but considered within their own contemporary context, they carry a specific meaning for those who identify with a certain religion and take positions within a wide spectrum of opinions and attitudes that identify them as both 'religious' and 'moderate'. 'Moderate' is not an absolute description but a relative one.
Because 'moderate' is relative, a moderate is by definition someone who is choosing sides. A 'religious moderate' thus is someone who is faced with several options regarding religious practice and interpretation and he/she takes a position that is distinct from other positions, some of which can be considered extreme or radical.View all replies to this question