Edited By Zachary Guiliano and Cameron Partridge
10. Practicing the Theology of Companionship: Preaching an Interreligious Gospel
C. Denise Yarbrough
IN THIS volume, we are reflecting upon the art of preaching, particularly as Episcopalians or Anglicans in the United States of the twenty-first century. The religious landscape in which we preach differs radically from that of fifty years ago. Christians in North America today are living in a culture in which their mainline faith is assumed to be the religion of the majority when in reality the mainline Christian denominations have lost adherents in significant numbers. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports “the United States is on the verge of becoming a minority Protestant country.”1 Religious diversity and pervasive secularism have transformed our culture in dramatic ways. Theologian Douglas John Hall writes:
We do our theology from now on in the midst of many others “who are not (but decidedly not!) of this fold”…our own faith, if only we are aware of it, is a constantly renewed decision, taken in the knowledge that other faiths are readily available to us.2
This enormous change in the religious landscape has profound implications for how we preach the Christian gospel in this multi-religious context. Diana Eck writes:
The issue of living in a pluralist society and thinking theologically about the questions it poses is important today for every community of faith. How do we think about our own faith as we come into deeper relationship with people of other faiths and as we gain a...
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