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Introducing Theologies of Religions

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Presents a comprehensive study of every major position taken by Christian churches and theologians on world religions and religious pluralism. Original.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Orbis Books
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The central problem that this book explores is religious pluralism. The book presents an overview of models for how Christians should relate to and interact with people of other religious/spiritual traditions. The book suggests that there are four basic models/views for this interaction: 1. the Replacement model, which insists that an encounter with Christ demands some sort of change or replacement, 2. the Fulfillment model, which sees Christianity as the medium which will deliver fulfillment to ...more
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The title of this book is more exact than the author intended, perhaps. I had not heard of the Theology of Religion previously. It seems to be a relatively new discipline. Knitter does a great job of parsing out the various (Christian) religious philosophies. He also does a good job of showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Here, he seems to be advocating for an approach that allows dialogue among these theologies to the ultimate end of having dialogue with non-Christian religions. The bo ...more
Abby Matthews
Apr 11, 2008 Abby Matthews rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in religion/sociology of religion
Anyone who is interested in getting a basic, foundational grasp of what is involved in studying comparative religion and religious pluralism (which, in my opinion is a necessary subject to know something about in this day and age) should pick up this readable text. Knitter writes lucidly enough for non-academics but is not condescending. A great introduction to a fascinating and extremely relevant area of study.
Craig Pope
May 03, 2007 Craig Pope rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians wondering how to reconcile religious diversity with the Christian message
Shelves: theology
Great survey of the various attempts of Christian theologians to describe the relationship of Christianity to the world's religions. Lays out a spectrum beginning with a traditional evangelical view to the newest movements of comparative theology. Really fascinating. Knitter is a great writer so it keeps things moving well.
Sara Richter
The book is excellent and have some very good descriptions and more encompassing categories for the topic of theologies of religions. It is also nice to know that the authors own perspective does not prevailing any of the categories he does not agree with.
Brett Marko
Knitter does a good job of explaining the different camps regarding salvation in the light of theology of religions. Yet his very inclusivistic bias do shine through.
Katrina Becker
Oh, a book for my Theology class.
Verdict: Quite interesting, but well, let's face it- it's a textbook.
This is a textbook, but it offers a very helpful framework for an inter-religious dialogue beginner like me.
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