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Introduction to the Theology of Religions Biblical, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

ISBN-10: 083082572X
ISBN-13: 9780830825721
Edition: 2003
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Description: Early in the nineteenth century Ernst Troeltsch, the great German liberal thinker, published the influential essay "The Place of Christianity Among the World Religions." The question of the relation of Christianity to other religions is every bit as  More...

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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Early in the nineteenth century Ernst Troeltsch, the great German liberal thinker, published the influential essay "The Place of Christianity Among the World Religions." The question of the relation of Christianity to other religions is every bit as relevant as and perhaps even more urgent today than it was then.Beginning with a consideration of the biblical perspective, Veli-Matti Krkkinen surveys the variety of diverse answers proposed by teachers of the church down through the ages. His reviews include the writings of Justin Martyr, Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria, as well as those of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and a broad selection of later Protestant and Catholic thinkers. He completes the historical section with an astute look at the radical challenges of Enlightenment and classical liberalism and the emergence of the fulfillment theory of religions.The bulk of Krkkinen's work provides a detailed and comprehensive survey of major confessional movements and theologians' opinions on the contemporary scene. Krkkinen provides succinct and trenchant descriptions of a wide diversity of theologians, including Karl Barth, Hendrik Kraemer, Paul Althaus, Karl Rahner, Hans Kng, Jacques Dupuis, Gavin D'Costa, Paul Tillich, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Lesslie Newbigin and M. M. Thomas, as well as Sir Norman Anderson, Clark Pinnock, Amos Yong, John Hick, Stanley Samartha, Raimundo Panikkar, Paul Knitter, Millard Erickson, Harold Netland and Vinoth Ramachandra.An Introduction to the Theology of Religions is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking to grasp and work their way through the full range of alternatives offered in answer to the question, What is the relation of Christianity to other religions?

Outline
Introduction: Christian Theology of Religions As a Theological Discipline
Biblical Perspectives: The Ambiguity and Promise of the Biblical Testimony
The Overview of Biblical Testimony
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Religion(s) in the Bible
Historical Developments
Limited Openness to Other Religions Among Some Early Church Fathers
"Outside the Church No Salvation": The Consolidation of the Exclusive Attitude
The Meaning of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus for the Contemporary Church
Positive Attitudes Toward Other Religions After the Early Fathers
The Radical Challenge of the Enlightenment and Classical Liberalism
The Fulfillment Theory of Religions
The Current Scene: Ecclesiastical Approaches
The Response of the Roman Catholic Church
The Response of the Anglican and Episcopalian Churches
The Response of Mainline Protestant Churches
The Response of the Free Churches
The Response of the Evangelical Movement
The Response of the Ecumenical Movement
The Current Scene: Theologians' Interpretations
Orientation to the Study of Theologians of Religions
Ecclesiocentrism: Early Approaches
Religion as Unbelief
Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life
"Original Revelation" in Religions
Roman Catholics
"Anonymous Christians"
Religions as the "Ordinary Way of Salvation"
"Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism"
Trinitarian Theology of Religions
Mainline Protestants
The Dynamic-Typological Approach to Religions
Religions Competing for the Universal Truth
The Gospel as Public Truth
"Risking Christ for Christ's Sake"
Evangelicals
Sir Norman Anderson: Unique Savior but Nonexclusive Salvation
A Wideness in God's Mercy
A Pneumatological Theology of ReligionsTheocentrism
The Copernican Revolution of Religions
One Christ, Many Religions
The Unknown Christ of Hinduism
Jesus and the Other Names
Ecclesiocentrism: Contemporary Approaches
The Proliferation of Ecclesiocentric Approaches Among Evangelicals
No Other Name
The Enigma of Pluralism
The Recovery of Mission
The Current Scene: Critical Reflections and Questions
Epilogue: The Way Forward
Bibliography
Indexes

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