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A Great Commission

Christian Hope and Religious Diversity- Papers in Honour of Kenneth Cracknell on his 65 th Birthday

This book is a Festschrift for Kenneth Cracknell on the occasion of his 65 th birthday. Cracknell has had an astonishingly varied career leading him to hold a number of distinguished positions. From being a missionary educator in Nigeria, and then a pastoral minister in Loughborough, he became the first Secretary of the Committee for Relations with People of Other Faiths of the British Council of Churches. Later he held the Michael C. Gutteridge Chair of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Wesley House, Cambridge, and he is now Director of Global Studies and Professor of Theology and Mission at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.
In honour of Cracknell’s own achievements his distinguished colleagues, friends and students here survey the achievements of Christian theologies of religion in the recent past, examining such themes as ‘Jesus in Islam’, ‘Translating the Gospel Everywhere’ and ‘John Wesley as Interreligious Resource’. They also look at themes and issues that currently engage Christian theologians and missiologists in a multi-faith context: ‘Christians and Religious Pluralism in the Netherlands’, 'Religion and Peace Making in South Africa', ‘A Theology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue’, ‘Theological Education in Today’s Multi-Religious Setting’ among others. This collection of essays makes a significant contribution to Christian hope in our diverse world at the beginning of the third millennium.
Contents: Leslie J. Griffiths: Kenneth Cracknell: An Appreciation – Christopher Lamb: Achievements in Interfaith Britain: A Tribute to Kenneth Cracknell – Martin Forward: The Interfaith Scene in Britain: A Personal Reflection – Martin Forward: Jesus in Islam – Rebekah L. Miles: John Wesley as Interreligious Resource: Would You Take This Man To An Interfaith Dialogue? – G. Egemba Igwe: Translating the Gospel Everywhere – Jane I. Smith: Wilfred Cantwell Smith: Understanding Worlds of Faith – Ursula King: Seeds of Harmony: Conflict and Cooperation in a Global Religious Perspective – John Berthrong: Syncretism, Religious Identity, and Multiple Religious Participation – Stephen Plant: How Theologians Decide: German Theologians on the Eve of Nazi Rule – S. Wesley Ariarajah: A Future that may be Greater than its Past – Stuart E. Brown: A Christian Approach to Islam in Africa – Jan Slomp: Christians and Religious Pluralism in the Netherlands – Gerrie Lubbe: Religion and Peace Making in South Africa – Eric Lott: 'All Loves Excelling': A Methodist Reflects on Hindu Faith – Israel Selvanayagam: Crossing Over and Coming Back: Evangelical Openness and Dialogical Witness in a Multi-faith Context – M. Thomas Thangaraj: Theological Education in Today’s Multi-Religious Setting – Andrew Wingate: Hindus, Christians and Muslims in South India: Attitudes to Conversion and Other Related Issues – Edward D. Kessler: A Theology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue – Julius J. Lipner: Lowering the Drawbridge: Are Hinduism and Christianity Compatible?– Elizabeth J. Harris: Buddhist-Christian Encounter: Achievements and Hopes in the Sri Lankan Experience – Tamal Krishna Goswami: «Read my lips: ‘You will be cured!’» A Gaudiya Vaisnava Theology of Suffering – Susan J. White: ‘Posthumus Victories’: Christian Worship after the Holocaust – Marcus Braybrooke: Interfaith Rites of Passage – Samuel McBratney: Inculturation: A Priestly Task – Jane Leach: The Renewal of Christian Tradition – Nick Sissons: ‘The Outpourings of the Inner Fire’: The Writings of Kenneth Cracknell.