A God of Many Understandings?: The Gospel and Theology of Religions

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Western Christianity’s interaction with world religions used to be, for the most part, overseas. Today, “religious others” often live next door. At a changing time when one public prayer spoken during the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration festivities was addressed to “O god of our many understandings,” the evangelical Christian church should do more than simply dismiss non-Christian religions as pagan without argument or comment. The Church needs a theology of religions that is Christ-honoring, biblically ...

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Overview

Western Christianity’s interaction with world religions used to be, for the most part, overseas. Today, “religious others” often live next door. At a changing time when one public prayer spoken during the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration festivities was addressed to “O god of our many understandings,” the evangelical Christian church should do more than simply dismiss non-Christian religions as pagan without argument or comment. The Church needs a theology of religions that is Christ-honoring, biblically faithful, intellectually satisfying, compassionate, and that will encourage Spirit-powered mission.

Oregon-based theology professor Todd Miles writes to that end in A God of Many Understandings?, attempting, as the scholar Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen puts it, “to think theologically about what it means for Christians to live with people of other faiths and about the relationship of Christianity to other religions.”

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805448221
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,458,784
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Todd Miles is assistant professor of Theology and Hermeneutics at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he earned the M.Div. He also holds a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations x

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 The Exclusivity of Christ and a Christian Theology of Religions 1

Chapter 2 The Bible and Religions 33

Chapter 3 Universalism, Hell, and Conditional Immortality 95

Chapter 4 Pluralism 137

Chapter 5 Inclusivism I: Nonevangelical Expressions 183

Chapter 6 Inclusivism II: Evangelical Expressions 210

Chapter 7 The Starting Point for a Biblical Theology of Religions-Christ or the Spirit? 247

Chapter 8 Son and Spirit: The Christ-Glorifying Work of the Holy Spirit 277

Chapter 9 A Christian Theology of Religions and Mission 328

Bibliography 355

Name Index 363

Subject Index 369

Scripture Index 375

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