An Introduction to the Theology of Religions
Book Description Early in the nineteenth century Ernst Troeltsch, the great German liberal thinker, published the influential essay "The Place of Christianity Among the World Religions." The question of the relation of Christianity to other religions is every bit as...
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Book Description Early in the nineteenth century Ernst Troeltsch, the great German liberal thinker, published the influential essay "The Place of Christianity Among the World Religions." The question of the relation of Christianity to other religions is every bit as relevant and perhaps even more urgent today than it was then. Beginning with a consideration of the biblical perspective, Veli-Matti Karkkainen surveys the variety of diverse answers proposed by teachers of the church down through the ages. He completes the historical section with an astute look at the radical challenges of Enlightenment and classical liberalism and the emergence of the fulfillment theory of religions.^Table of ContentsPart 1: Introduction: Christian Theology of Religions As a Theological DisciplinePart 2: Biblical Perspectives1. The Old Testament2. The New Testament3. Religion(s) in the BiblePart 3: Historical Developments4. Limited Openness to Other Religions Among Some Early Fathers5. "Outside the Church No Salvation": The Consolidation of the Exclusive Attitude6. The Meaning of the Axiom Extra ecclesiam nulla salus for the Contemporary Church7. Positive Attitudes to Other Religions After the Early Fathers8. The Radical Challenge of the Englightenment and Classical Liberalism9. The Fulfillment Theory of ReligionsPart 4: The Current Scene: Ecclesiastical Approaches10. The Roman Catholic Church11. Anglican/Episcopalian Churches12. Mainline Protestant Churches13. The Free Churches14. The Evangelical Movement15. The Ecumenical MovementPart 5: The Current Scene: Theologians' InterpretationsA. Ecclesiocentrism: Early Approaches16. Karl Barth: Religion as Unbelief17. Hendrik Kraemer: Je
Veli-Matti K?rkk?inen offers a detailed and comprehensive survey of the diversity of biblical, historical and contemporary perspectives regarding the relationship of Christianity to other world religions.
Veli-Matti Karkkainen (D.Theol and DrTheol, Habil, University of Helsinki) is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds a teaching position at the University of Helsinki as Dozent of Ecumenics.
A prolific writer, Karkkinen has published 11 books in English (and seven in his native language, Finnish), most recently The Trinity: Global Perspectives (2007), One With God: Salvation as Deification and Justification (2004), and Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology of Religions (2004), Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective and Christology: A Global Introduction. as well as more than 100 articles, which have appeared in international scholarly journals.
He is also the editor (with William Dyrness) of Global Dictionary of Theology (2008). He is a member of three working groups of the World Council of Churches and has participated in numerous international consultations. He is also an external examiner for Wales University.
- Introduction: Christian Theology Of Religions As A Theological Discipline
- <strong>part 1: Biblical Perspectives: The Ambiguity And Promise Of The Biblical Testimony</strong>
- 1. The Overview Of Biblical Testimony
- 2. The Old Testament
- 3. The New Testament
- 4. Religion(s) In The Bible
- <strong>part 2: Historical Developments</strong>
- 5. Limited Openness To Other Religions Among Some Early Church Fathers
- 6. "outside The Church No Salvation": The Consolidation Of The Exclusive Attitude
- 7. The Meaning Of <em>extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus</em> For The Contemporary Church
- 8. Positive Attitudes Toward Other Religions After The Early Fathers
- 9. The Radical Challenge Of The Enlightenment And Classical Liberalism
- 10. The Fulfillment Theory Of Religions
- <strong>part 3: The Current Scene: Ecclesiastical Approaches</strong>
- 11. The Response Of The Roman Catholic Church
- 12. The Response Of The Anglican And Episcopalian Churches
- 13. The Response Of Mainline Protestant Churches
- 14. The Response Of The Free Churches
- 15. The Response Of The Evangelical Movement
- 16. The Response Of The Ecumenical Movement
- <strong>part 4: The Current Scene: Theologians' Interpretations</strong>
- 17. Orientation To The Study Of Theologians Of Religions
- Ecclesiocentrism: Early Approaches
- 18. Karl Barth: Religion As Unbelief
- 19. Hendrik Kraemer: Jesus Christ As The Way, The Truth, And The Life
- 20. Paul Althaus: "original Revelation" In Religions
- Christocentrism 1: Roman Catholics
- 21. Karl Rahner: "anonymous Christians"
- 22. Hans Kng: Religions As The "ordinary Way Of Salvation"
- 23. Jacques Dupuis: "toward A Christian Theology Of Religious Pluralism"
- 24. Gavin D'costa: Trinitarian Theology Of Religions
- Christocentrism 2: Mainline Protestants
- 25. Paul Tillich: The Dynamic-typological Approach To Religions
- 26. Wolfhart Pannenberg: Religions Competing For The Universal Truth
- 27. Lesslie Newbigin: The Gospel As Public Truth
- 28. M. M. Thomas: "risking Christ For Christ's Sake"
- Christocentrism 3: Evangelicals
- 29. Sir Norman Anderson: Unique Savior But Nonexclusive Salvation
- 30. Clark Pinnock: A Wideness In God's Mercy
- 31. Amos Yong: A Pneumatological Theology Of Religions
- 32. John Hick: The Copernican Revolution Of Religions
- 33. Stanley J. Samartha: One Christ, Many Religions
- 34. Raimundo Panikkar: The Unknown Christ Of Hinduism
- 35. Paul F. Knitter: Jesus And The Other Names
- Ecclesiocentrism: Contemporary Approaches
- The Proliferation Of Ecclesiocentric Approaches Among Evangelicals
- 36. Millard J. Erickson: No Other Name
- 37. Harold Netland: The Enigma Of Pluralism
- 38. Vinoth Ramachandra: The Recovery Of Mission
- 39. The Current Scene: Critical Reflections And Questions
- Epilogue: The Way Forward