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The purpose of this paper is to provide a birdseye view of the historical Christian attitudes to other religions. It is argued that with the exception of the first 250 years of its existence Christianity's attitude on this score has been predominantly negative, but that from around the turn of the present century a new, more congenial and generous Christian stance has been in the making. With respect to this latter period the examination is limited to developments on the Protestant side of Christianity. An attempt is made to identify some of the more important causal factors involved in the evolution of the newer attitude, whereby particular attention is given to developments in the thinking of the ecumenical movement during its earlier period from 1910-1963.


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