A Śākta Method for Comparative Theology: Upside-Down, Inside-Out offers a Śākta thealogy of religions and a Śākta anti-method, method, and a-method for comparative theology. For Śāktas, the thread of religious diversity is part of the rich tapestry of cosmological, topographical, environmental, and bio-diversity, which is the Goddess’ collective (samaṣṭi) and individuated (vyaṣṭi) forms. Śākta religious diversity is "complex, layered, and paradoxical, allowing ontological similarities, ontological differences, and irreducibility." A Śākta thealogy of religious diversity transcends humans and the borders of religion, politics, society, and speciesism.
Pravina Rodrigues is adjunct faculty at the Starr King School for the Ministry, the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Dharma Studies, and is postdoctoral fellow at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (2021, 2022).
Chapter One: The Case of the Missing Interlocutors: Methodological Issues in Hindu–Christian Studies
Chapter Two: One, None, Many: A Śākta Ontology
Chapter Three: A Śākta Thealogy of Religious Diversity
Chapter Four: Upside-Down, Inside-Out: A Śākta Method for Comparative Theology
About the Author
Rodrigues takes a full-bodied approach to theology of religions and comparative theology. She pinpoints the postcolonial, intergenerational trauma that is often missed in conversations about the relative absence of Hindu interlocutors. Offering her own voice to these disciplines, she roots a Śākta thealogy of religions in the divine as one, none, and many; and she concludes with promising notes toward a holistic method for comparative theology.
A Sakta Method for Comparative Theology is a welcome addition to the maturing field of comparative theology. The Sakta tradition of the Goddess, most often neglected by theologians, points us to a more sensual and sensitive interreligious learning that corresponds to the realities of lived religion. Pravina Rodrigues is to be congratulated for this pioneering study, a book that is both scholarly and personal.