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Christianity and World Religions

Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions

Häftad,  Engelska, 2009-02-13
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An engaging and accessible introduction to Christianitys relationship with other world religions, addressing the questions of why the reality, and vitality, of other religions has become a challenge, and showing how Christianity is equipped to deal with religious plurality at both the doctrinal and social level. Timely and accessible, this book tackles the question of why the reality, and vitality, of other religions has become a challenge for Christianity Makes a decisive contribution to debates about the clash between Islam and the West, arguing that the major threat to religious freedoms come from secularism, and that Islam and Christianity both have the resources to develop a vibrant and pluralist public square; one informed by intellectual rigor and debate Considers the wider issue of how modernity has defined religion, and provides a substantial critique of secular ways of controlling religions Shows how Christianity is very well suited to deal with religious plurality at the doctrinal and social level Addresses the core issues and describes the various answers that have been proposed in recent years making it an ideal introduction to the field, and one which will stimulate ideas and discussions
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All in all, DCosta should be commended for writing an excellent book. This work is a wonderful contribution to the conversation regarding Christianity and non-Christian religions. I highly recommend it for all persons interested in the theology of religions, as well as any Christian looking for new ways to understand the possibility of salvation for non-Christians. (The International Journal of Public Theology, 1 December 2012) "I warmly encourage readers in each to take it up and read." (One in Christ, July 2010) "[D'Costa] finds convincing substantiation for his position in biblical, patristic, and medieval Christian doctrine." (CHOICE, September 2009)"For a generation which is reasserting its Catholic identity, this thesis may serve a valuable purpose, calming the anxieties of those who, admirable, have managed to maintain an interest in the salvation of non-Christians yet are as hard put to win converts as their more pluralist co-religionists." (The Way, January 2010) "His gazetteer of these regions at the edge of the eschatological map is fascinating. The closing pages are as perceptive a meditation on what the dereliction of the cross can and cannot mean as we might expect to find in a first-rate book devoted entirely to that subject." (Chruch Times, December 2009)

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Gavin DCosta is Professor of Christian Theology at Bristol University. He also works with the Church of England and Roman Catholic Committees on Other Faiths, and the Pontifical Council for Other Faiths, Vatican City, advising these communities on theological issues. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Theology and the Public Square (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), Sexing the Trinity (2000), and The Meeting of Religions and the Trinity (2000).


Preface ix Part I: Charting the Territory: Theology of Religions 1 1 Early Map Making 3 Introduction 3 Pluralism 9 Inclusivism 19 Exclusivism 25 2 Changing the Angle: Recent Maps 34 Some Criticisms of the Threefold Typology 34 Comparative Theology 37 Postmodern Postliberalism 45 Part II: The Making and Meaning of Religions 55 3 Modernitys Story 57 Introduction 57 Modernitys Story about Religions 58 4 An Alternative: The Secular Construction of the Sacred Modernity as the Establishment of a New Ruling 74 Religion 74 Conclusion 102 Part III: Religions in the Public Square 103 5 Whose Religion and Which Public Square? 105 The Public Square 105 A Taxonomy of Secular Modernity and Postmodernity 107 6 Christian and Muslim Public Squares 128 Roman Catholicism, Modernity and Religious Plurality 128 Islam, Reasoned Debate, and Religious Plurality 136 Part IV: Christs Descent into Hell 159 7 Old Doctrines for New Jobs 161 Introduction 161 The Descent: Introduction to the Circles of Hell 165 The Limbo of the Just and the Unevangelized 167 8 Further into the Inferno 188 Purgatory and the Non-Christian 188 The Childrens Limbo 194 The Descent into Hell 201 Bibliography 212 Subject Index 225 Index of Works 233