The Gospel among Religions: Christian Ministry, Theology, and Spirituality in a Multifaith World

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"An indispensable collection of texts and essays focused on how the work of Christianity is affected by other religious traditions." "An urgent question in the twenty-first century is how Christians can relate to people of other religious traditions, or even non-believers, whose lives truly embody the unconditional divine love given to all at creation. How should Christians understand these differing faith claims?" "The first part of this book is comprised of original texts, beginning with the New Testament and working through the early church

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"An indispensable collection of texts and essays focused on how the work of Christianity is affected by other religious traditions." "An urgent question in the twenty-first century is how Christians can relate to people of other religious traditions, or even non-believers, whose lives truly embody the unconditional divine love given to all at creation. How should Christians understand these differing faith claims?" "The first part of this book is comprised of original texts, beginning with the New Testament and working through the early church Fathers to contemporary theologians as they struggle to make sense of different sets of religious belief." "The essays in the second part explore ways of living together in a world of religious diversity that can broaden and deepen our understanding of other traditions and help us become more firmly rooted in our own lives as Christians." "Imaginatively conceived and brilliantly executed, The Gospel among Religions will be an indispensable resource for all engaged in Christian ministry and theological education in the twenty-first century."---kenneth Cracknell, The Cambridge Theological Federation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570758997
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Ruben L. F. Habito Habito, Ruben L. F.

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Christian Ministry and Theological Education in a Multireligious World 1

The World as My Parish: Cultivating Global Awareness 2

The Multireligious Arena of Our Global Community 5

Theological Grounding for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation 7

Virtues and Skills for Ministry in Interreligious Settings 9

Our Approach 11

Part I CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES TOWARD RELIGIOUS OTHERS

Introduction: Thinking Theologically about Religious Others: Christian Theologies of Religions David R. Brockman Brockman, David R. 17

Readings: New Testament Texts 47

Jesus and Religious Outsiders (Matthew 8:5-12, 15:21-28) 48

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37) 48

The Prologue to John's Gospel (John 1:1-9) 49

"I am the way..." (John 14:1-9) 50

"No other name..." (Acts 4:1-12) 50

"God shows no partiality..." (Acts 10:34-35, 43-45) 50

Paul's Sermon in Athens (Acts 17:22-31) 51

Paul on Gentiles and the Law (Romans 2:14-15) 51

Readings: Early Christian Voices 54

Justin Martyr 54

Clement of Alexandria 58

Tertullian 62

Cyprian 63

Augustine of Hippo 65

Readings: The Christendom Synthesis 70

Thomas Aquinas 70

Nicholas of Cusa 72

Bartolome de Las Casas 75

Readings: Modern and Postmodern Voices 80

Friedrich Schleiermacher 80

Ernst Troeltsch 83

Karl Barth 86

Karl Rahner 91

John Hick 95

Rosemary Radford Ruether 99

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki 103

Aloysius Pieris 108

Engelbert Mveng 111

(Chung) Hyun Kyung 113

S. Mark Heim 116

Michael Amaladoss 123

James L. Fredericks 127

Readings: Church Documents on Relating to Religious Others 136

Roman Catholic Church 136

Nostra Aetate (Second Vatican Council, 1965) 136

Gaudium et Spes (Second Vatican Council, 1965) 137

Redemptoris Missio (John Paul II Encyclical, 1990) 137

World Council of Churches 139

Guidelines for Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies (1979) 139

Joint Statement by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and Christian Conference of Asia (1987) 141

Ecumenical Resources for Interreligious Ministry 143

United Methodist Church Book of Resolutions, #3142 (2008) 144

Episcopal Church of the United States of America Statement on Interreligious Relations 145

Part II CHRISTIAN MINISTRY, THEOLOGY, AND SPIRITUALITY IN INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Introduction Ruben L. F. Habito Habito, Ruben L. F. 149

Readings: Ministry in Interfaith Settings 153

Mission as Dialogue: A Contextual Study from Leicester, UK Andrew Wingate Wingate, Andrew 153

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, for the Buddha Tells Me So Jeanne Matthews Sommer Sommer, Jeanne Matthews 167

Can Christians and Muslims Pray Together? Joseph Stamer Stamer, Joseph 174

Readings: Theology in Interfaith Dialogue 182

Trinity and Saccidananda in the Writings of Brahmabandhav Upadhyaya Timothy C. Tennent Tennent, Timothy C. 182

A Mahayana Theology of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist John P. Keenan Keenan, John P. 194

A Common Creation Story? Interreligious Dialogue and Ecology Paul F. Knitter Knitter, Paul F. 203

Towards a Pneumatological Theology of Religions Amos Yong Yong, Amos 215

Readings: Spirituality in Interfaith Dialogue 218

Masao Abe: A Spiritual Friendship James L. Fredericks Fredericks, James L. 218

How I, a Christian, Learned from Buddhist Practice, or "A Frog Sat on a Lily Pond, Not Waiting" Frances Adeney Adeney, Frances 225

Bridging the World Religions: On Being a Buddhist-Christian Woman Maria Reis Habito Habito, Maria Reis 228

Epilogue: Crossing Boundaries and Finding Common Holy Ground Yossi Klein Halevi Halevi, Yossi Klein 233

List of Sources 235

Suggested Readings 238

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