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Religious Pluralism: Asian Christianity And Life Horizon Of World Religions

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In an Asian context, the "gospel/culture" question becomes a "gospel/religions" question. This chapter discusses a story about a missionary and a tribal leader. The tribal leaders expressed a concern about the ongoing relation with their ancestors. They didn't mind the gift of baptism and going to the Christian heaven, but their ancestors would not be there in a Christian heaven because they were not Christians. In the Asian context of religious pluralism, a Christian's absolute claim of salvation is radically questioned and challenged. To promote a pluralistic theology of religions, John Hick and Paul Knitter represent an epistemological break with the universal demand of Christianity, calling for the recognition of the validity of salvation in other religions. In conclusion, it is instructive to articulate an Asian irregular and postfoundational perspective on a relationship between Christianity and religious pluralism.

Keywords: Asian christianity; religious pluralism; tribal leaders



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