This is a transcript from a lecture Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson gave on Thursday the 22nd of November 2001 at Greshem College. The topic was ‘Blinding Darkness’. The Isa Upanisad tells us: 'Into blinding darkness enter those who worship ignorance and those who delight in knowledge enter into still greater darkness.' The Jaina notion of perspectivism maintains that, on any given matter, there is not one truth but rather at least seven different points of view. Deep investigation of inter-faith questions raises the problem of religious 'knowledge' and of the interpretation of human religious experience. But the diversity of religious claims and testimonies also raises questions of multiple perspectives; of relativism or its alternatives.
You can view a full transcript of the lecture on the Gresham College website.