The Dialogue Comes of Age: Christian Encounters with Other Traditions

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John B. Cobb (Jr)
Fortress Press, 2010 - Religion - 248 pages
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Increasingly world religious traditions present not just an intellectual or apologetic challenge to Christians but a daily encounter, a source of religious practices, and even live religious options. How are Christians to relate to these traditions and the neighbors and friends who live by them? This lively and engaging book is a great resource for faithful wrestling with the new realities. Led by theologian John B. Cobb Jr. and historian Ward M. McAfee, the Progressive Christians Uniting has distilled the historical and existential import of both Abrahamic and other traditions and stressed the differences among traditions and the richness they can afford Christian self-understanding. Includes study materials.
 

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Contents

Rethinking Christian Faith in the Context of religious Diversity
9
Introduction
10
Transforming Christian Teaching
11
Our Pluralistic Context
26
Practical Implications
36
For Further Reading
40
Jews and Christians through the Ages A Troubled Relationship
41
Introduction
42
Questions for Discussion
129
Buddha for Christians
131
Basic Teaching
134
Early Buddhism
135
Theism or Atheism?
142
Redemptive Defeat
147
No Self and the Christian Faith
148
Disappointing Developments
151

Terminology
45
The Parting of the Ways
48
The Medieval Period
54
The Reformation
58
From Reformation to Shoah
62
The Shoah
65
From the Teaching of Contempt to the Teaching of Respect
67
JewishChristian Relations Today
74
Conclusion
81
For Further Reading
84
Questions for Discussion
85
Islam and Christians
87
Introduction
88
A Clash of Civilizations?
89
Early Islamic History
92
Islamic Expansion
100
The Rise of Sufism
101
Theological Similarities and Differences
103
SocialEthical Similarities and Differences
107
Our Actual Relationship
113
The JudeoIslamicChristian Tradition
118
Theological Conclusions
121
For Further Reading
128
Encouraging Developments
157
Stories
164
For Further Reading
166
Questions for Discussion
168
Indigenous American Religious Advice for Our Troubled Age
169
Vine Deloria Jr
172
Native American Christian Theology
175
Envisioning a New Mentality
179
Conclusion
181
Further Reading
183
Questions for Consideration
184
Theological Response
185
The Abrahamic Traditions
190
Judaism
191
Islam
196
Buddhism
199
Native American Spirituality
205
Conclusion
210
Glossary
213
Notes
225
Index
237
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John received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago and has served on the faculties of Candler School of Theology and the School of Theology at Claremont. He is an ordained United Methodist elder and lives in Claremont, CA.

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