Controversies in Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions
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Controversies in Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions provides a guide and critical extension to contemporary controversies in the theology of religions and interfaith dialogue.
This book provides a guide and critical extension to contemporary controversies in the theology of religions and interfaith dialogue.
It addresses questions raised through certain postmodern theologies (which present an option herein termed ‘particularity’), which suggest that the whole enterprise of the theology of religions, as currently understood, is fundamentally misguided and suggest instead an alternative approach.
Paul Hedges reflects on how the traditional typology for the theology of religions (exclusivism – inclusivism – pluralism) may be rethought and seen as viable, offering a reformulation of it and critically assesses the main line of critique from post-modern theology, that of particularity, and its alternative vision. Finally, he suggests ways forward and considers how these debates impact on the practice in interfaith dialogue.
Interreligious dialogue is a core subject in most theology and religious studies courses in university departments and theological colleges.
In this volume, British theologian Paul Hedges provides a very useful description and assessment of the current state of the question. He chronicles the changes and critiques that have challenged Race's classification. Most important, he opens up a deeper and more complex understanding of the pluralist option, suggesting ways in which a Christian believer might embrace this position without relinquishing the uniqueness of Christ. The book is organised in a way to be used as a textbook, and I would recommend it as a reliable guide to this important and complex discussion.--Robert J. Schreiter is Vatican II Professor of Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and co-editor of Studies in Interreligious Dialogue.
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