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Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?: Jesus, Revelation and Religious Traditions
A 2001 Christianity Today Award of Merit winner! "Arguably, the church's greatest challenge in the next century will be the problem of the scandal of particularity. More than ever before, Christians will need to explain why they follow Jesus and not the Buddha or Confucius or Krishna or Muhammed. But if, while relating their faith to the faiths, Christians treat non-Christ ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published August 15th 2000 by IVP Academic
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Dec 12, 2014 Sara Best rated it 4 of 5 stars
Gerald McDermott uses his book Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions? to examine the contribution world religions can make to the theological studies of evangelical scholars. McDermott establishes the foundation of his argument be defining “evangelical” and identifying himself as one. He then also defines his approach to revelation. Using the Catholic theologian Dulles’ five dimensions of revelation, he draws from a variety of theological models; revelation as doctrine, history, inner expe ...more
McDermott writes a much-needed book that helps those in the evangelical Christian tradition find a way to truly respect other religious traditions without selling out the store. Citing examples of such biblical figures as Melchizedek, Balaam, and others who speak the word of the one true God but are not members of the Children of God, McDermott shows that there is biblical evidence for Christians to rediscover truths that are deeply imbedded in the Bible from those who do not confess Christ.[ret ...more
If the answer to the question in the title of this book isn't obvious: yes. I was pleasantly surprised that McDermott gives the reader an explanation (albeit not an in-depth one) of revelation, what the Bible and Christian tradition tell us, and then a nice summation of what the major religious traditions teach us - all of course which the author points back to Christ. It is not as though the author intends to give his readers a crash course in world religions, or to infer that there is a part o ...more
With Corduan's book I mentioned casting the religion in its strongest form as one of its positives. McDermott does the same here, although I think in some places he ends up going to far in this direction. For example, he argues that Confucianism "[o:]n closer inspection... emphasizes potential rather than actual goodness" (173). But this isn't clearly the case from what I've read (The Analects, Mencius, and other treatments of Confucianism in related works on eastern philosophy and religion). At ...more
This was a very interesting book and a good read that a friend passed along after talking about how religions relate to each other. A very good simple definition of Christianity, Islam, a form of Budhism, & Taoism. What some similarities are and what western culture can learn and incorporate from other religions. In the bible Jesus was a big proponent of talking with folks from other religious backgounds, and constantly identified others good intentions and acts, even if they were different ...more
The first few chapters were hugely valuable for me, providing a thorough definition of "revelation" and defining "evangelical" and contrasting this to fundamentalism and liberal protestantism. McDermott takes a solidly evangelical approach to other religions, accepting that while there is no salvation through other religions (he rejects pluralism and inclusivism), there can be revelation in these religions; revelation in the sense that the revelation of God in the Scriptures and in Jesus is comp ...more
Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the author or editor of ten books, including God's Rivals: Why Has God Allowed Different Religions? and Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate.More about Gerald R. McDermott...