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Pluralism in the World Religions : A Short Introduction - Harold G. Coward

Pluralism in the World Religions

A Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 31st August 2000
ISBN: 9781851682430
Number Of Pages: 184

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From the challenges facing Christianity to the future of Islam in a multi-cultural world, this is a coherent introduction to the teachings and debates within the various traditions on the subject of religious pluralism. Drawing on a combination of scripture, scholarship and the words of great thinkers past and present, Harold Coward evaluates six major world faiths and their attitudes towards pluralism and religious tolerance. balancing the historical context of each religion with its responses to the modern pressures of globalisation and multi-cultural living, he tackles complex and problematic areas in an accessible manner, to produce a succinct survey of the issues and arguments surrounding inter-religious relationships. Among the key topics covered are: Muslim relations with the West and white Christianity; the Jewish Diaspora within the multi-cultural world; assimilation and mutual criticism within Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism; the future of religion: possibilities for reaching new levels of tolerance and understanding. A timely book, this introductory text should be of interest to students, academics and the general reader alike.

Prefacep. vii
Religious Pluralism and Judaismp. 1
The biblical response to religious pluralismp. 2
Classical and medieval responsesp. 4
Modern responsesp. 7
Conclusionp. 14
Religious Pluralism and Christianityp. 16
The New Testament and other religionsp. 18
Early Christianity and other religionsp. 22
Christ, the Logos and the early church fathersp. 24
Christianity, Islam and the medieval periodp. 27
The modern Christian encounter with other religionsp. 27
Recent developmentsp. 31
Theocentric approachesp. 31
Christocentric approachesp. 43
The dialogical approachp. 50
Summary and conclusionp. 58
Religious Pluralism and Islamp. 61
Historical meetings of Islam with other faithsp. 62
Unity and the 'People of the Book'p. 64
Islam and Western religionsp. 67
Islam and Eastern religionsp. 71
Militant responses in modern Islamp. 77
Conclusionp. 81
Religious Pluralism and the Baha'i Faithp. 85
The Baha'i theology of religious pluralismp. 89
Relativism as a basis for Baha'i theologyp. 91
The Baha'i approach to interreligious dialoguep. 96
Conclusion: the Baha'i mission to Indiap. 97
Religious Pluralism and Hinduismp. 101
The classical periodp. 102
Hinduism's encounter with Islamp. 108
Hinduism and the Sikhsp. 111
Hinduism and Christianityp. 112
Hinduism and secular Indiap. 121
Conclusionp. 124
Religious Pluralism and Buddhismp. 126
Early Buddhism and other religionsp. 127
Mahayana Buddhism and other religionsp. 133
Religious Pluralism and the Future of Religionsp. 139
Religious pluralism: the current situationp. 140
The future of religionsp. 147
Notesp. 159
Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9781851682430
ISBN-10: 1851682430
Series: Oneworld Short Guides
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 31st August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.43 x 14.66  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition