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Theology and the Dialogue of Religions

Theology and the Dialogue of Religions


Part of Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

  • Date Published: March 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009089

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  • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009089
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    S. J. Michael Barnes, University of London

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