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Radical Difference: A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer's Theology of Religions

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It is commonly assumed that all religions are essentially alike, that they are all common members of the genus Religion. But what if religions are not fundamentally similar after all? What if, on the contrary, it is better to presuppose...


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It is commonly assumed that all religions are essentially alike, that they are all common members of the genus Religion. But what if religions are not fundamentally similar after all? What if, on the contrary, it is better to presuppose a radical difference among the world's various religious communities, with each faith being defined by different beliefs, different practices, different world views, and different ways of life? ^ "Radical Difference: A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer's Theology of Religions" explores the implications of this presupposition by examining the pioneering work of Dutch Reformed theologian and missionary Hendrik Kraemer. Perry shows that a critical reappropriation of Kraemer by contemporary Christian theology of religions can only help those Christians, especially evangelical Protestants, who find themselves equally unsatisfied with the various pluralisms and traditional responses, whether optimistic or skeptical, currently available. ^ Increased global migr
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It is commonly assumed that all religions are essentiallyalike, that they are all common members of the genusReligion. But what if religions are not fundamentallysimilar after all? What if, on the contrary, it is betterto presuppose a radical difference among the world'svarious religious communities, with each faith beingdefined by different beliefs, different practices,different world views, and different ways of life?Radical Difference: A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer'sTheology of Religions explores the implications of thispresupposition by examining the pioneering work of DutchReformed theologian and missionary Hendrik Kraemer. Perryshows that a critical reappropriation of Kraemer bycontemporary Christian theology of religions can onlyhelp those Christians, especially evangelicalProtestants, who find themselves equally unsatisfied withthe various pluralisms and traditional responses, whetheroptimistic or skeptical, currently available.
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Tim Perry

Tim S. Perry is an assistant professor of theology at Providence College and Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba.

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