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A God of Many Understandings?: The Gospel and Theology of Religions

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Western Christianity’s interaction with world religions used to be, for the most part, overseas. Today, “religious others” often live next door. At a changing time when one public prayer spoken during the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration festivities was addressed to “O god of our many understandings,” the evangelical Christian church should do more than simply dismiss ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by B&H Academic (first published 2010)
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John Walker
Nov 03, 2013 John Walker rated it it was amazing
I have long been interested in the Christian mission of global evangelization. As such, the way that Christianity relates to other religions is of prime importance. Is the advance of the kingdom of Jesus to the ends of the Earth necessary? Isn't that too imperial? Aren't we being arrogant in thinking that we have the gospel for all the world?

It is these kind of questions that Todd Miles, a professor here in Portland and elder of my previous church community, aims to answer in his book, A God of
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Apr 21, 2013 Ivan rated it really liked it
We live in odd times. We live in an age in which tolerance means equal acceptance of each and every truth claim — except those, of course, that claim be the one and only truth.

This book by Todd Miles is a bastion for the cause of truth, particularly for those evangelicals who, in submission to the Word of God and sober deference to two millennia of church history, face a renewed challenge to upholding and defending the exclusive claims of the Christian gospel. As Miles acknowledges, we face not
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With the recent Evangelical discussion of Rob Bell and the issue of Emergent theology, salvation and hell, this book does make a contribution even though the book was published in 2010 and a year before the whole Bell's "Love Wins" controversy. It would seem to me that the issue of "theology of religion" is largely not the subject of conscious focus in these debates, though they are foundational to the discussion. Here the author Todd Miles explore what the Old Testament and New Testament's view ...more
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A thorough and helpful study/critique of pluralists, inclusivists, and universalists. Personally, I was particularly impressed by the critique of pneumatiological inclusivists (Clark Pinnock and Amos Yong) and their theological method. Miles ends by explaining his theological method, showing the relationship of the Son and Spirit, and constructing a theology of religions that is faithful to scripture.
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“In doing biblical theology as Christians, we do not start at Genesis 1 and work our way forward until we discover where it is leading. Rather we first come to Christ, and he directs us to study the Old Testament in the light of the gospel. The gospel will interpret the Old Testament by showing us its goal and meaning. The Old Testament will increase our understanding of the gospel by showing us what Christ fulfills.93” 0 likes
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