Trinity and Religious Pluralism
Contents: Introduction: the doctrine of the Trinity and the challenge of religious pluralism. Part I The Uniqueness of the Christian Trinitarian Faith as the End of the Dialogue: Karl Barth: the Trinity as the distinguished mark of the Christian God....
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Contents: Introduction: the doctrine of the Trinity and the challenge of religious pluralism. Part I The Uniqueness of the Christian Trinitarian Faith as the End of the Dialogue: Karl Barth: the Trinity as the distinguished mark of the Christian God. Part II The Potential and Critical Function of the Christian Trinitarian Faith in the Dialogue With Other Religions: Karl Rahner: Trinity and 'anonymous Christianity'; Jacques Dupuis: a trinitarian theology of religious pluralism; Gavin D'Costa: a 'Catholic' trinitarian theology of religions; Wolfhart Pannenberg: the trinitarian faith as the resource for the common search for the truth; Clark Pinnock: a pneumato-trinitarian theology of religions. Part III The Christian Trinitarian Faith as an Embrace Of Pluralism: John Hick: the doctrine of the Trinity as problematic; Raimundo Panikkar: the cosmotheandric trinitarian mystery; S. Mark Heim: a trinitarian theology of religious ends. Part IV A Case Study in Trinitarian Theology of Religions: The Roman Catholic Church's trinitarian doctrine and the monotheism of Islam. Conclusion: toward a Trinitarian theology of religions; Bibliography; Index.
The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most distinguishing marks of Christian faith. This is the first book to present an overview of the role of the Trinity in Christian theology in relation to religious pluralism and other religions. Approaching the study of the relationship between Christianity and other religions from the perspective of the Trinity, this book surveys all the major contributions to the topic by leading theologians at the international and ecumenical level. Veli-Matti Karkkainen points to future challenges and areas in need of development, examining in detail a case study exploring how the Catholic Church has responded to Islam from the perspective of the Trinity. Students of theology and religious studies will find this an invaluable text for courses that discuss religious pluralism and Christianity's relation to other religions. Pastors, other Christian workers, and academics will also find it a handy reference tool for teaching and further study.
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: The Doctrine Of The Trinity And The Challenge Of Religious Pluralism. Part I The Uniqueness Of The Christian Trinitarian Faith As The End Of The Dialogue: Karl Barth: The Trinity As The Distinguished Mark Of The Christian God. Part Ii The Potential And Critical Function Of The Christian Trinitarian Faith In The Dialogue With Other Religions: Karl Rahner: Trinity And 'anonymous Christianity'; Jacques Dupuis: A Trinitarian Theology Of Religious Pluralism; Gavin D'costa: A 'catholic' Trinitarian Theology Of Religions; Wolfhart Pannenberg: The Trinitarian Faith As The Resource For The Common Search For The Truth; Clark Pinnock: A Pneumato-trinitarian Theology Of Religions. Part Iii The Christian Trinitarian Faith As An Embrace Of Pluralism: John Hick: The Doctrine Of The Trinity As Problematic; Raimundo Panikkar: The Cosmotheandric Trinitarian Mystery; S. Mark Heim: A Trinitarian Theology Of Religious Ends. Part Iv A Case Study In Trinitarian Theology Of Religions: The Roman Catholic Church's Trinitarian Doctrine And The Monotheism Of Islam. Conclusion: Toward A Trinitarian Theology Of Religions; Bibliography; Index.