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Christian Identity In Inter-Religious Dialogue: The Challenge Of Hans Kung'S Strategy

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The purpose of this chapter is to probe the possible challenge-to a reformed theology-of Hans Küng’s strategy, as he conducts an inter-religious dialogue in the new, post-colonialist, polycentric age, in postmodernity. It deals with Complementarity of dialogability and steadfastness. Capacity for dialogue or dialogability should be regarded as one of the virtues that existed incognito. Steadfastness refers to the upholding of a valuable identity. The specifically Christian criterion can only be applied directly to Christianity itself. To all other religions it must be applied indirectly. Christians may humbly search for traces of "the spirit which one would designate as Christian". Jesus is the man against whom all other human beings have to measure themselves in order to become truly human. Christians should follow Jesus in promoting human dignity, political freedom from unjust oppression, freedom from consumer pressure, human rights and human responsibility.

Keywords: Christian identity; dialogability; Hans Küng's strategy; inter-religious; Jesus; steadfastness; theology

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