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We live in a society that values individual choice - the rightness or wrongness of a particular choice is determined by the individual and ought not be based upon an external standard. Particularly in the realm of religion, absolutes and exclusivity are regarded as antiquated, anachronistic and restrictive. What makes one tradition (particularly Christianity) right over all others? The goal of studies in religious pluralism is to discover the commonalities within all religious traditions and ...more
I must say that I thought this book was almost too conservative to begin with, but particularly after reading the whole book in its entirerity it is clear that Netland has a point. The question of truth is a really sore one when it comes to pluralistic views on religions. Netland shows clearly how one must take in to account the different truth claim and ontologies that different religions have. He also shows how evangelicals must be more sensitive and read up in their meeting with other ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Todd Miles rated it really liked it
This is Netland’s first book on the subject of religious pluralism and it does not rate as high as his second book, but lays critical foundations for what he does in Encountering Religious Pluralism. In DV, Netland surveys four major religions and points out how their core beliefs are absolutely in conflict with the other’s. His chapters on tolerance and inclusivism are helpful. Although dated now, his surveys of the material are helpful.
Harold A. Netland (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is director of the PhD in Intercultural Studies program and professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of Encountering Religious Pluralism and Dissonant Voices.More about Harold A. Netland...