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A Protestant Theology of Religious Pluralism

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Livingstone Thompson

In this book three main things have been accomplished. First, it locates the emergence of religious pluralism as a problem for Christian theology. Secondly, it shows the critical weaknesses in the approaches to pluralism that we find in the works of Gavin D’Costa, George Lindbeck and John Hick, all major players in the field of religious pluralism. Retrieving theological material from seventeenth-century Comenius and eighteenth-century Zinzendorf, the book shows that the Protestant tradition has suitable theological material that can better serve the development of a theology of religious pluralism. Thirdly, the book enters into dialogue with Islam and highlights exciting new approaches to addressing the issues of salvation, the Qur’an and Christology. One critical outcome of the book is that it breaks new ground in showing the limitations of liberation theology and proposes a fascinating, new, pluralism-sensitive hermeneutical approach to contextual theology.
Contents: The Dissolution of Christian Authority and the Birth of the Modern Era – The Rise of Rationalism and its Impact on Theology – Recent Approaches to Pluralism and their Limitations: Hick’s Parity Approach - D’Costa’s Trinitarian Approach - Lindbeck’s Cultural-Linguistic Approach – New Sources for a Protestant Theology of Pluralism: Comenius - Zinzendorf – Dialogue with Islam: The Inter-faith Application of Comenius’ Hermeneutics of Harmony and Zinzendorf’s Theology of Modesty – Main Features of the Protestant Theology of Religious Pluralism – Engaging Liberation Theology – Re-reading Contextual Theology in Light of the New Theology of Pluralism.