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Over the last four decades, evangelical scholars have shown growing interest in Christian debates over other religions, seeking answers to essential questions: How are we to think about and relate to other religions, be open to the Spirit, and at the same time remain evangelical and orthodox? Gerald R. McDermott and Harold A. Netland offer critiques of a variety of theologians and religious studies scholars, including evangelicals, but also challenge evangelicals to move beyond parochial positions. This volume is both a manifesto and a research program, critically evaluating the last forty years of Christian treatments of religious others and proposing a comprehensive direction for the future. It addresses issues relating to the religions in both systematic theology and missiology, taking up long-debated questions such as contextualization, salvation, revelation, the relationship between culture and religion, conversion, social action, and ecumenism. It concludes with responses from four leading thinkers of African, Asian, and European backgrounds: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Vinoth Ramachandra, Lamin Sanneh, and Christine Schirrmacher.
Gerald R. McDermott is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, and Research Associate at the Jonathan Edwards Centre, University of the Free State, South Africa.
Harold A. Netland is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Chapters
Chapter 1: Theology of Religions and Evangelicals
Chapter 2: The Triune God
Chapter 3: Revelation and the Religions
Chapter 4: Salvation and Conversion
Chapter 5: The Christian Life
Chapter 6: Religion(s) and Culture
Chapter 7: Christian Witness in a Multireligious World
Part 2: Responses
Response 1: Lamin Sanneh
Response 2: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Response 3: Vinoth Ramachandra
Response 4: Christine Schirrmacher
Continuing the Conversation: A Few Last Words