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Why has the reality of other religions become a big problem for Christianity? In the past, Christianity has been able to largely ignore other religions but in recent decades, not just the reality, but the vitality of other religions has become a challenge. This accessible book tackles a number of questions arising from these changes: is belonging to one religion rather than another merely a matter of cultural preference?; is salvation the same among all religions?; and what can be learned from other religions? Considering wider issues of how modernity has defined "religion," Gavin D'Costa…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Why has the reality of other religions become a big problem for Christianity? In the past, Christianity has been able to largely ignore other religions but in recent decades, not just the reality, but the vitality of other religions has become a challenge. This accessible book tackles a number of questions arising from these changes: is belonging to one religion rather than another merely a matter of cultural preference?; is salvation the same among all religions?; and what can be learned from other religions? Considering wider issues of how modernity has defined "religion," Gavin D'Costa provides a substantial critique of secular ways of controlling religions, and shows how Christianity is very well suited to deal with religious plurality at the doctrinal and social level. The book 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" informed by intellectual debate. By engaging with the core questions and suggesting a pathway through the various answers that have been proposed in recent years, this is an ideal introduction to the field, and one which will help stimulate ideas and discussions.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 248
  • Erscheinungstermin: 27. Februar 2009
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 229mm x 152mm x 13mm
  • Gewicht: 365g
  • ISBN-13: 9781405176736
  • ISBN-10: 1405176733
  • Artikelnr.: 25622951
Autorenporträt
Gavin D'Costa 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).
Inhaltsangabe
Part I: Charting the Territory: Theology of Religions 1.Early Map Making Introduction Pluralism Inclusivism Exclusivism 2. Changing the Angle: Recent Maps Some Criticisms of the Threefold Typology Comparative Theology Postmodern Postliberalism Part II: The Making and Meaning of Religions 3. Modernity's Story Introduction Modernity's Story about Religions 4. An Alternative: The Secular Construction of the Sacred Modernity as the Establishment of a New Ruling Religion Conclusion Part III: Religions in the Public Square 5. Whose Religion and Which Public Square? The Public Square A Taxonomy of Secular Modernity and Postmodernity 6. Christian and Muslim Public Squares Roman Catholicism
Modernity and Religious Plurality Islam
Reasoned Debate
and Religious Plurality Part IV: Christ's Descent into Hell 7. Old Doctrines for New Jobs Introduction "The Descent": Introduction to the "Circles of Hell" The Limbo of the Just and the Unevangelized 8. Further into the Inferno Purgatory and the Non-Christian The Children's Limbo The Descent into Hell Bibliography Subject Index Index of Works
Rezensionen
"The deepest challenge to global Christianity is in its relation to world religions. Informative and thought-provoking, this book tackles one of the most heated issues of the time: the interactions within religious pluralism. Old-timers and newcomers to disputes over these 'disputed questions' will not walk away from this book casually or apathetically. It is provocative and, yes, challenging." Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago