Religious pluralism is today the most challenging issue facing traditional Christianity. This constructive work by a leading voice on the subjects of religious pluralism and interfaith relations probes the Christian understanding of God and salvation and offers a new perspective on religious pluralism that affirms unique salvation in Christ while also recognizing the religious ends of other faiths. The questions explored here are both difficult and enlightening. What is the distinctive nature of salvation? Is there a place in Christian theology for recognizing other religious ends in addition to salvation? In pursuit of meaningful answers, S. Mark Heim uses the classical doctrine of the Trinity to develop a theology that allows Christians to respect the possibility that alternative relations with God exist in other religions.
Looking at theology through the lens of a postmodern culture, this volume is an essential and highly significant work. All Scripture passages are linked to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference.
“Christianity maintains that God chooses a good that consists of God and creatures, over the good which is God alone or the good of God and one sort of creature.” (Page 248)
“complementary side of the call for Christian mission is the” (Page 138)
“I will use ‘salvation’ to refer to the human fulfillment that Christians believe is offered to us by God through Christ. This is the characteristic use of the word in Christian theology. It is rarely used in other religious traditions to describe their ends. When speaking of those ends, or sometimes when speaking collectively or comparatively of the Christian end and others, I will use terms like ‘religious aim’ or ‘religious fulfillment’ or ‘religious end.’” (Page 8)
“The third possibility suggests that translation into new contexts brings out new and additional aspects of the gospel. S” (Page 137)
“sion back to the churches that sent it. This third option is the oper” (Page 137)
Heim makes an original and challenging contribution to the discussion of Christian relations with other religions in his attempt to take religious difference absolutely seriously [. . . ] Heim’s thesis deserves careful critical attention.
This is a most exciting, readable, and learned exploration of the Christian Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, of a kind which enables the acceptance of a radical religious pluralism without compromising the unique salvific role of Jesus Christ. The implications of this major theological approach to other world faiths are of great significance [. . . ] The style is clear and attractive. Although the material is at times complex, it should be within the capabilities of the serious student of theology.
—Theological book Review
Clearly written and cogently argued, this book advances the discussion of religious pluralism in many fruitful directions. The most substantive alternative to John Hick’s view to date.
—Religious Studies Review