Item description for Christianity and Plurality: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell Readings in Modern Theology) by Plantinga...
Overview This selection of source readings brings together diverse materials from the Christian tradition to help students think theologically about the implications of religious plurality. Beginning with the Bible, the volume goes on to present primary texts from the history of Christian thought, ranging from Justin Martyr in the second century to John Paul II in the late twentieth century. While showing students that the issue of religious pluralism is not new, the selection accentuates discussions in the twentieth century in which this has become a pressing area of theological inquiry.
Publishers Description Is Christianity true? Are other religions true? To help students think theologically about the implications of religious plurality, this selection of source readings brings together diverse materials from the Christian tradition which discuss this issue. Beginning with the Bible, the volume goes on to present primary texts from the history of Christian thought, ranging from Justin Martyr in the second century to John Paul II in the late 20th century. Whilst showing students that the issue of religious pluralism is not new, the selection accentuates discussions in the 20th century in which this has become a pressing area of theological inquiry. The volume fosters a comparative approach by including the works of major Catholic and Protestant thinkers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.67" Width: 6.74" Height: 0.86" Weight: 1.49 lbs.
Release Date Sep 9, 1999
ISBN 0631209158 ISBN13 9780631209157
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Richard J. Plantinga is Professor of Religion and Theology at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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An outstanding beginning to plurality and other issues.... Dec 21, 2000
Dr. Pantinga has achieved several successes by publishing this excellent compendium of works by some of the most important theologians in the past 2000 years.
First, for myself, this book is a great introduction to some of the most important source literature of great men (and unfortunately they are all men) who have had an important impact on Christian thought throughout the ages. Some perhaps would argue how GOOD such impacts have been, but it is good to understand where they come from. As a person who has just started to read theology, I have wanted to read more deeply into the historical writings and to appreciate theological works such as these.
Second, Plantinga has also published a book which is an excellent starter to a discussion on plurality and how the Christian faith is to relate to other beliefs. I am reading this before I am taking a course called "Christ Among the Religions", and I think that, although this is an excellent book, it will perhaps be even better when some of the concepts are explained and unpacked. You cannot read this book lightly and, I know for myself, I can't read it without a bit of help and discussion with others. I know this book will be a great source for much vigorous talk!
How refreshing to see a book such as this be published. It is of great scholarly value - but not only for ivory tower theologians, for plurality is a concept that all serious Christians must deal with.
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A Welcome Voice in the Conversation Regarding Pluralism Jul 27, 2000
Christianity and Plurality is a unique and important contribution to the growing debate regarding the the co-existence of various religious traditions and the subsequent questions religious pluralism raises about exclusivity within the Chrisitian faith. This text derives its strength from its balanced presentation of primary sources on religious pluralism from the Patristic era of Christianity to the present. With the aide of a helpful introduction on the issue of pluralism which surveys relevant Biblical texts, Christianity and Plurality encapsulates a variety of opinions on this issue by drawing upon authors both Protestant and Catholic, broadly orthodox and skeptical. By presenting the fruits of two thousand years of thought without thesis or editorial comment Dr. Richard J. Plantinga enables his readers to contemplate individual contributions to this issue without wading through an authorial viewpoint that could influence a readers interpretation of the included texts. Thorough footnoting and recommendations as to other texts regarding this topic aide in furthering a readers investigation of pluralism. I recommend this text as the finest introduction to the issue of religious pluralism now available.