By E. Luther Copeland
Why this ebook - particularly considering there are numerous books facing an analogous topic? One solution is that almost all Christians are taken with a intent for aiding Christian missions between foreign religions and cultures, in the event that they can accomplish that with integrity and with justification for wholehearted appreciate for the opposite religions and the cultures trained by way of them. This booklet intends to supply simply this sort of cause, to illustrate that it is easy to verify the Christian project the world over and interculturally with no diminishing both the significance of excellent interreligious relationships or the popularity of the value of the most important religions.
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For more sophisticated and comprehensive coverage, experts in these fields will be better served to consult works by such scholars as Gavin D'Costa, Paul Knitter, W. C. Smith, Clark Pinnock and others, and especially the new and massive volume by Jacques Dupuis. Rather, this book is introductory in nature. It is my hope that it will have a much wider readership than would a volume designed for specialists. If it is read and taken seriously by students in colleges and seminaries and those who teach them, and by ministers and lay leaders in the churches, I shall be satisfied.
He noted that Page 28 both exclusivist and inclusivist views led to an impasse. By this route, the Buddhist ended up claiming the superiority of Buddha just as the Christian insisted upon the superiority of Christ. The issue, as Pieris understood it, is not the claim for uniqueness. Hardly any Buddhist would dispute the uniqueness of Jesus; nor would Christians dispute the uniqueness of Gautama. Everybody is unique. 22 Rather, the problem is in the claims that Buddhists and Christians make for the absoluteness of their respective savior figures.
Therefore, Hick can recognize a similar validity to the claims of others to have found God and salvation differently. 8 Thus it is clear that Hick gives up traditional Christology, including the idea of the death of Jesus as cosmic event with universal consequences, in favor of what he calls a "pluralistic" view. In a recent book, Hick has set forth his pluralistic position in the very interesting format of a dialogue with fictitious characters: a philosopher, Phil, and a theologian, Grace. 9 Paul Knitter Paul Knitter is an American Roman Catholic theologian who has published quite widely in the field of a theology of religions.
A New Meeting of the Religions: Interreligious Relationships and Theological Questioning by E. Luther Copeland