This book is about how to interpret the many religions, concentrating on what we call the "'world religions'," for this has been the focus of most of the theological debate over the past fifty years or so. It aims to equip Christian thinkers with a positive, affirming understanding of religious diversity, and to help Christians articulate the meaning of this diversity.
The result for the reader is comfort, curiousity, and engagement in future meetings with members of other traditions, along with lowered anxiety, and deepened understanding of the marvelous diversity of religion.
Table of Contents
1 Using Scripture in theology of religions 1
2 Between Exclusivist-Repudiation and Inclusivist-Toleration 18
3 Between Pluralist-Acceptance and Particularist-Refusal 34
4 Between Christian mission and interfaith dialogue 55
5 Next steps 75
Appendix: a letter to Gandhi from Charles F. Andrews 88