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  • Page extent: 292 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.41 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 261.2
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BT83.85 .B37 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Theology of religions (Christian theology)
    • Catholic Church--Doctrines

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521009089 | ISBN-10: 0521009081)

Theology of religions is an area of theological reflection on inter-religious relations which raises fundamental questions for all people of faith in a pluralist, post-modern world. How to practise a religious faith with integrity while respecting other claims to ultimate truth? Must 'the other' always be regarded as a problematic complication on the fringes of a Christianity-centred world? Is there a 'third way' between an all-dominating exclusivism and a vapid relativism? This book contributes to the debate about the place of inter-religious relations in the life of the Church by developing a 'theology of dialogue'. In offering a critique of much current thinking in this area, Michael Barnes SJ proposes instead a theology rooted in the themes of welcome and hospitality. He argues for a vision of Christianity as a 'school of faith', a community called not just to teach others but to learn from them as well.

• An alternative vision of how Christian faith is to be articulated through dialogue with 'the other' • Addresses a subject of intense debate within and among the churches in recent years • Will sell both to academic theologians and ethicists, as well as to church professionals and others involved with inter-faith relations both in Europe and the US


Part I. The Returning Other: 1. Rethinking theology of religions; 2. Remembering the Covenant; 3. Facing the Other; 4. Learning something of God; Part II. Dialogue and God: 5. Telling the Christian story; 6. Reflecting on 'an other' experience; 7. Forming the school of faith; 8. Contemplating the depths of God; 9. Negotiating the middle.


'Michael Barnes's book is eirenic, profound and original.' Church Times

'Barnes' great strength is that he combines a grasp of this daunting philosophical material with the wisdom born of a firm grounding in the messy actualities of inter-faith relations.' Michael Ipgrave, Theology

'This book is worth reading … A dialogue of religions - learning how to talk - is all the more important in current times. Theology and the Dialogue of Religions is not a final word. it is an invitation to further reflection.' The Heythrop Journal

'… an important book. Barnes has developed a new approach within the field.' Reviews in Religion and Theology

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