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In Praise of Religious Diversity

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As dialogue among the religions of the world has increased, the promotion of these exchanges by Christians, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, raises the question of the motives behind these discussions. Some Christians reach out in good will, others display defensive hostility, still others are simply following the mandates of their church.

Religious diversity--rather than pluralism--challenges citizens of the world to learn from the differences between religions rather than ...

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As dialogue among the religions of the world has increased, the promotion of these exchanges by Christians, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, raises the question of the motives behind these discussions. Some Christians reach out in good will, others display defensive hostility, still others are simply following the mandates of their church.

Religious diversity--rather than pluralism--challenges citizens of the world to learn from the differences between religions rather than glibly assuming their commonality. Acknowledging these differences, In Praise of Religious Diversity promotes active conversation--rather than conventional dialogue--as the mode of meeting between the religions. Only through a contemporaneous exchange of ideas can the benefits of diversity be realized. This new level of communication poses an exciting prospect from which previously unrecognized alternatives for religion and relationships between religions might contribute to even greater human possibilities.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415916790
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Situating the Issues 1
2 The Untenability of Absolutism Today: The Final Word 15
3 Western Exclusivism 21
4 Christian Responses to Religious Diversity 37
5 Pluralism: Christian Triumphalism in New Dress? or, A Christian Anxiety Attack 55
6 Problems with "Dialogue" 73
7 Whither Inter-religious Interchange? 89
8 Why Engage Other Religions? 109
Notes 123
Index 135
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