The Depth of the Riches: A Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001 - Religion - 312 pages
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Religious pluralism is today the most challenging issue facing traditional Christianity. This constructive work by a leading voice on the subjects of religious pluralism and interfaith relations probes the Christian understanding of God and salvation and offers a new perspective on religious pluralism that affirms unique salvation in Christ while also recognizing the religious ends of other faiths.

The questions explored here are both difficult and enlightening. What is the distinctive nature of salvation? Is there a place in Christian theology for recognizing other religious ends in addition to salvation? In pursuit of meaningful answers, S. Mark Heim uses the classical doctrine of the Trinity to develop a theology that allows Christians to respect the possibility that alternative relations with God exist in other religions.

  

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Contents

Saving the Particulars The Diversity of Religious Ends
17
Salvation as Communion All the Fullness of God
49
The Glory of the Creature Religious Ends in Christian Theology
79
The Depth of the Riches Trinity as the Framework for Religious Diversity
123
The Riches of the Glory Trinity and Religious Ends
167
True Relations The Integrity of Other Religious Ends
209
The Glory of the Fullness Religious Ends and Plenitude
243
A Theology of Religious Ends
271
Works Cited
297
Index
305
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S. Mark Heim is Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion.

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