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My Neighbour’s God

Interfaith Spaces and Claims of Religious Identity

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Edited By Andreas Kunz-Lübcke

In the latest discussion on the relations between religions, it has often been argued that monotheism necessarily leads to intolerance and exclusivism. A religion which claims to worship «the one and only true God» is inevitably forced to reject every religious behaviour and practices of «the Other». But is this really the case? This volume contains contributions which discuss the major question: What are the instruments and the strategies used in different religious settings where interreligious encounter is part of daily life? Most of the contributions concentrate on the challenges of theology in the context of India. A special focus will be on approaches for interreligious coexistence derived from Biblical or Systematic Theology.

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Religions are under suspicion in recent times. The growth of radical religious movements in different parts of the world and the outbreaks of religiously motivated violence have sometimes provoked statements and claims that religions necessarily have the potential for intolerance and a readiness for violence.

As if that is not enough: During the last decades, western scholars have intensively debated the question if the monotheistic religions with their claim to represent the only true path to truth and salvation maintain the potential for exclusivism and self-exaltation.

The contributions collected here are the results and the fruits of a joint project of the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology in Hermannsburg, Germany and the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, a project which began from a workshop that took place from 28 February 2016 until 02 March 2016 in Bangalore.

The individual contributions in this book explore the question of how different religious systems develop strategies for interreligious coexistence. Even though the contributions are concentrating on Christianity and its fundaments, the literature of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, one common theme may be observed from the individual perspectives: At different times and under various conditions of human life, religions are able to develop strategies for pluralism and a coexistence with different religious systems. Even though human beings are confronted with different kinds of violence and aggressions in different religious and social settings, religions can and do provide instruments and strategies...

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