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The Intolerance of Religious Pluralism

  • Peter Donovan (a1)

The pluralistic approach to religions has come in for some serious criticism in recent writings. I shall consider two examples in particular. The first is the book Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered. The Myth of a Pluralistic Theology of Religions, edited by Gavin D'Costa. This is a collection of essays offered in response to The Myth of Christian Uniqueness, edited by John Hick and Paul Knitter. The second example is an essay by Paul Morris, ‘Judaism and Pluralism: the Price of “Religious Freedom”’, in Religious Pluralism and Unbelief, edited by Ian Hamnett.

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1 Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 1990).

2 The Myth of Christian Uniqueness (London: SCM Press, 1988).

3 Religious Pluralism and Unbelief (London: Routledge, 1990), pp. 179201.

4 Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered, p. xi.

5 Ibid. p. 33.

6 Ibid. p. 121.

7 Ibid. p. 147.

8 Ibid. p. 152.

9 Ibid. p. 175.

10 Ibid. p. 210.

11 In Hamnett, , ed., Religious Pluralism and Unbelief, p. 192.

12 Ibid. p. 193.

13 Mill, John Stuart, ‘On Liberty’ (1859), in Utilitarianism, Liberty, and Representative Government, Everyman Library edn (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1910), p. 79.

14 Ibid. p. 103.

16 Ibid. p. 83.

17 Ibid. p. 106.

19 In Religious Pluralism and Unbelief, p. 194.

20 Ibid. p. 195.

21 See especially Gavin, D'Costa's own chapter ‘Christ, the Trinity and Religious Plurality’ in Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered, pp. 1629.

22 The Spectator, 4 January 1992, p. 6.

23 Ashoka, Rock Edict XII, trans. by Smith, Vincent A., in Classical India, edited by McNeill, William H. and Sedlar, Jean W. (New York: OUP, 1969), p. 106.

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