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A New Meeting of the Religions: Interreligious Relationships by E. Luther Copeland

By E. Luther Copeland

Why this ebook - specifically in view that there are numerous books facing an analogous topic? One solution is that the majority Christians are eager about a intent for aiding Christian missions between overseas religions and cultures, in the event that they can achieve this with integrity and with justification for wholehearted admire for the opposite religions and the cultures expert by way of them. This e-book intends to supply simply any such motive, to illustrate that you can still verify the Christian challenge the world over and interculturally with out diminishing both the significance of excellent interreligious relationships or the popularity of the price of the most important religions.

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In the new era, when we Westerners already feel guilty about colonialism and are imbued with ideals of tolerance, it is relatively easy to believe that the Christian claim for the universal relevancy of Jesus Christ should be set aside. To be sure, the motivation to be scrupulously fair and to seek the best in assessing other religions is thoroughly in accord with Christian ethics, with the Golden Rule, for example. However, surely this moral imperative does not justify Christians in minimizing or setting aside Christian faith convictions because these might be viewed as an attitude of cultural or religious superiority.

But it also contributed to a relativistic attitude toward the religions which, in turn, has been prominent in the development of a Christian theology of religious pluralism. Religiously, the Enlightenment was accompanied by deism, the view that generally opposed "revealed religion" and insisted upon the primacy of human reason over divine revelation. The deists were monotheists, but they did not accept doctrines of divine providence or miracles. They believed that God had cre- Page 15 ated the universe and then left it to operate on its own, much as a clock makerto use a hackneyed illustrationwould do with a clock that he had made.

26 I myself feel keenly the attractiveness of the position of a relativistic Christian pluralism. I suppose that the appeal has Page 22 always been there but it is considerably enhanced in our time. However, I believe that this type of pluralism calls for a radical reassessment of the Christian understanding of incarnation, atonement, and revelation, and I doubt that Christian faith can sustain such without serious detriment to its truth claims. However, it is time to introduce, even if briefly, some representative theologies of religions.

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