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Christians And The Religions: Towards A Contextual Theology Of Religions

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This chapter shows how a Christian thinks about other traditions and sincerely deals with the dilemma that world religions are global as well as local and are themselves pluralistic. The radicalization of pluralism and the conflictive relations between traditions profoundly affect the theology of religions. Not only strong liberalism but also Christian exclusivism that does not listen to what other people have discovered in their lives is the end of dialogue. The world is a global village; world religions are international phenomena. The peace of mind of Buddhist sects, the zakat of Muslims and their stress on the equality of humankind, Gandhi's ahimsa, the loving-kindness of the Dalai Lama and the practical wisdom of healers in traditional religions-all good things can be appreciated. It is important that inter-religious dialogue is not a hobby for liberal theology, and that theological studies truly feed the dialogue in the streets and in congregations.

Keywords: Buddhist; Christian exclusivism; inter-religious dialogue; liberal theology; Muslims; theology of religions



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