Can Only One Religion Be True?
Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue
Publication Year: 2013
This volume highlights points of agreement and disagreement on the subject of religious pluralism. The dialogue partners in the discussion are Paul F. Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, and Harold A Netland, professor of Mission and Evangelism and director of Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
A transcript of the March 2009 Point-Counterpoint event between Knitter and Netland allows the reader to see how each presents his position in light of the others, as well as their responses to selected audience questions. The balance of the volume is comprised of substantive essays on various facets of the question of religious pluralism from a diverse set of scholars. The Greer Heard Point-Counterpoint series takes pride in presenting a fair and balanced case for both sides of complex issues, and in providing the tools for students and scholars to form their own conclusions.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Contributors ixPreface xvAcknowledgments xviiCan Only One Religion Be True? Considering This Question •Robert B.Stewart 1...
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The purpose of the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith andCulture is to provide a venue for fair-minded dialogue to take place on subjectsof importance in religion or culture. The intention is to have a respectedEvangelical scholar dialogue with a respected non-Evangelical or non-Christian scholar. The forum is intended to be a dialogue rather than a debate....
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Thanking others in print always causes me a bit of anxiety because I fear I willfail to recognize someone who truly deserves a word of appreciation. But manydeserve to be publicly thanked—and even praised—so I must go on. First of all,I must thank Bill and Carolyn Heard for their passion to have a forum whereleading scholars can dialogue about important issues in faith and culture in a...
Can Only One Religion BeTrue? Considering ThisQuestion
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Ofanyethnicreligion,therefore,canitbesaidthatitisatruereligion,onlynotperfect?Christianitysays,No.TheattitudeofChristianity,therefore,towards religions other than itself is an attitude of universal, absolute,I am now, you might say, a card-carrying Buddhist. In 1939 I wasThe church bus was dark that night as our youth group made its way back...
1Can Only One Religion Be True?: ADialogue
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Given the bewildering degree of religious diversity in our world, theassertion that Christianity is the one true religion for all people strikes manytoday as hopelessly out of touch with current realities. The claim seems todisplay generous amounts of both intellectual naïveté and arrogance.Nevertheless, with proper qualification, I do believe that the Christian faith, as...
2Theologies of Religious Diversity:Toward a Catholic and catholicAssessment
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Judgments about the fittingness of various proposed theologies of religiousdiversity vary as much as the theologies do. All too often, however, people rushto judgment on the basis that a given theological proposal does or does not fitwith the Bible or the tradition. But such a precipitous response all too oftentakes the Bible or the tradition as giving a single clear theology of religious...
3No Other Name: The Gospel and TrueReligions
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I would like to focus on three aspects of the word true in the question “IsChristianity the only true religion?” In one sense, we use the wordtrueto mean“the real thing.” This is true coffee, not an imitation. That person is exhibitingtrue integrity, not a semblance of it. What is true is authentic. For a religion tobe true in this respect means that at its origins and in its ongoing life, it is not...
4General Revelation, Inclusivism,Pluralism, and Postmodernism
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Central to the discussion of the validity and efficacy of world religions is thedoctrine of general revelation. While Christian exclusivists insist that a properrelationship with God requires knowledge of him through his special revelatorywork, inclusivists contend that the knowledge of God available to all personsmakes such a relationship possible, even for those who have never heard the...
5Is Christianity the Only True Religion,or One among Others?
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The likelihood is that you are a Christian. So the question I am raising isinevitably an uncomfortable one. For you may have taken it for granted, for aslong as you can remember, that of course Christianity is the only true religion,or at least much the most true. I myself became a Christian by Evangelicalconversion when a law student, and it was part of the package of belief that I...
6John Hick’s Monotheistic Shadow
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The British scholar John Hick has spent a lifetime investigating a wide range ofissues related to the philosophy of religion. Today, Hick is most widely knownfor his articulation and defense of religious pluralism. In barest terms, Hick’smature pluralist philosophy of world religions holds, “The great world faithsembody different perceptions of, and correspondingly different responses to,...
7Why the World Is Not ReligiouslyAmbiguous: A Critique of ReligiousPluralism
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The Enlightenment’s disdain for special revelation and religious particularismis reflected in the story of NathantheWise, penned by biblical critic GottholdEphraim Lessing (1729–1781). In this story, a father “in a far Eastern clime”possesses a priceless magic ring. Yet he rather unwisely promises the ring toeach of his three sons. Though not a mathematician, he realizes the authentic...
8Has Normative Religious Pluralism aRationale?
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In what follows, I assume that there actually are religions.1 What we callreligions are not simply scholarly artifacts. This assumption is shared byreligious pluralism, both descriptive and normative. If there are not, religiouspluralism must be at least radically recast. I am not assuming that there isan essence of religion, but merely that there are self-identifying communities...
9Religious Diversity and the Futility ofNeutrality
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Any attempt to define religion is certainly hazardous and probably misguided.But acknowledging this does not satisfy our ambition to understand what isbroadly characteristic of religion. Many students of religion seeking a familyresemblance among religions employ two devices, both of which areconceptual. These two concepts are particularly useful if we suppose that the...
10Can the Jews Be the Chosen People ofGod?
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Can the Jews be the chosen people of God? The honest answer to that questionis simple. As my teacher Father Gerard Sloyan taught, “in the strict theologicalsense, God alone knows.”1 So it is with some trepidation and a good doseof humility that I enter this conversation. Having established that I am inno position to answer the question of Truth, I propose to investigate some...
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Publication Year: 2013