Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism

Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism[PDF / Epub] ✅ Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism Author Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk One of today s foremost theologians presents the case for embracing religious pluralism as integral to the Christian gospelReligious pluralism is a fact in North American society today More than at an Diversity: A PDF Í One of today s foremost theologians presents the case for embracing religious pluralism as integral to the Christian gospelReligious pluralism is a fact in North American society today More than at any other time, adherents of different religious traditions live, work, and play side by side Yet the fact of religious pluralism creates a tension for a large number of Christians At the same time they have realized that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and members of many other religious groups have become their neighbors, they are also aware of Christian teachings that seem to exclude these groups Statements Divinity & PDF \ such as no one comes to the Father except through me, and outside the church there is no salvation, seem to imply that these new neighbors are not part of the family of God, or at least that their religious beliefs and practices are not viable avenues to human wholeness and salvationIn this insightful and irenic work, Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki demonstrates that Christians need not ignore, nor even compromise, the teachings of the gospel in order to accept and rejoice in religious pluralism She argues that the Christian doctrines of creation, incarnation, the image of God, and the reign & Diversity: A MOBI ñ of God make the diversity of religions necessary Without such diversity the rich and deep community of humanity that is the goal of the Christian gospel cannot be realized Along the way Suchocki rejects the exclusivist claim that there can be no relationship with God apart from the church, and the inclusivist idea that Christianity is the highest expression of the search for God, with other religions possessing in part that which Christians possess in full She argues instead for a pluralist position, insisting on a full recognition of the distinctive gifts that all of the religious traditions bring to the human table. Fascinating read c An argument for the value of religious pluralism and interfaith understanding made from Christian theology It is a valuable counterweight to the common assumption that Christianity by its very nature and doctrines must consider itself the only valid religion This valuable book holds that religious pluralism is not only compatible with Christianity, but that many major doctrines can be interpreted as calling for the embrace of those of other faiths as a fulfillment of God s intentions Examinin An argument for the value of religious pluralism and interfaith understanding made from Christian theology It is a valuable counterweight to the common assumption that Christianity by its very nature and doctrines must consider itself the only valid religion This valuable book holds that religious pluralism is not only compatible with Christianity, but that many major doctrines can be interpreted as calling for the embrace of those of other faiths as a fulfillment of God s intentions Examining central Christian doctrines such as creation, the image of God, incarnation, resurrection, reign of God, grace, salvation, and mission which are generally used to show that only Christianity is valid, Dr Suchocki interprets them in ways that demand reaching out in friendship to others different from ourselves Creation can be seen as a gradual process of making order out of chaos, an interaction between God and each created thing, what she calls call and response So we have a creation where God calls creation responds God then responds to the creation s response, and building upon it, calls yet again Through call and response, the creation comes into being as world It is incremental, gradual, with the creation participating in its own becoming p 29 This process guarantees freedom and diversity, and God interacting with and responding to people everywhere throughout history, building on different responses in different places, brings about the different cultures, religions and spiritual approaches Thus, too, God is not incarnate only in one individual, Jesus, but is radically incarnate, embodied in all beings and cultures insofar as these take on God s influence Just as light is both wave and particle, depending on how we measure it, so various cultures and religions can be incommensurate and yet all be true The part of this book I enjoyed most were the chapters emphasizing social justice and religious pluralism as a Christian response to globalization and increased modern contact with those not like us The image she chooses is the stranger within one s gates, saying In the Hebrew scriptures, justice is tested by the extent to which society develops communal structures that channel well being toward those with the least access to well being In passage after passage of the Hebrew scriptures, conformity to the command to love God and neighbor was measured by the community s kindness to those disadvantaged within the society, often typified as the widow, the orphan, and the stranger within one s gates p 77 , which runs counter to the universal human tendency to favor those who are the most like us and fear or shun those who are different She doesn t support homogenization of religions or leaving out the difficult parts where cultures disagree instead she gives the model of friendship, where friends don t suppress who they really are or always agree, yet remain friends In the same way, Christians can reach out to those of other faiths without needing to make those others like themselves by trying to convert themI enjoyed reading this short book, it s very open hearted A good book for Christians who wish to find a theological rationale for reaching out to others in friendship or interfaith, or for those who want to understand how Christianity can be interpreted as a religion of tolerance and respect of others Read the book as part of a class on Progressive Christianity Suchocki lay out a persuasive case for diversity and plurality within the Christian faith. Reads like a text book, but the ideas are the best I have ever read about a philosophy of the purpose of religion.

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub religious pluralism creates a tension for a large number of Christians At the same time they have realized that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and members of many other religious groups have become their neighbors, they are also aware of Christian teachings that seem to exclude these groups Statements Divinity & PDF \ such as no one comes to the Father except through me, and outside the church there is no salvation, seem to imply that these new neighbors are not part of the family of God, or at least that their religious beliefs and practices are not viable avenues to human wholeness and salvationIn this insightful and irenic work, Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki demonstrates that Christians need not ignore, nor even compromise, the teachings of the gospel in order to accept and rejoice in religious pluralism She argues that the Christian doctrines of creation, incarnation, the image of God, and the reign & Diversity: A MOBI ñ of God make the diversity of religions necessary Without such diversity the rich and deep community of humanity that is the goal of the Christian gospel cannot be realized Along the way Suchocki rejects the exclusivist claim that there can be no relationship with God apart from the church, and the inclusivist idea that Christianity is the highest expression of the search for God, with other religions possessing in part that which Christians possess in full She argues instead for a pluralist position, insisting on a full recognition of the distinctive gifts that all of the religious traditions bring to the human table. Fascinating read c An argument for the value of religious pluralism and interfaith understanding made from Christian theology It is a valuable counterweight to the common assumption that Christianity by its very nature and doctrines must consider itself the only valid religion This valuable book holds that religious pluralism is not only compatible with Christianity, but that many major doctrines can be interpreted as calling for the embrace of those of other faiths as a fulfillment of God s intentions Examinin An argument for the value of religious pluralism and interfaith understanding made from Christian theology It is a valuable counterweight to the common assumption that Christianity by its very nature and doctrines must consider itself the only valid religion This valuable book holds that religious pluralism is not only compatible with Christianity, but that many major doctrines can be interpreted as calling for the embrace of those of other faiths as a fulfillment of God s intentions Examining central Christian doctrines such as creation, the image of God, incarnation, resurrection, reign of God, grace, salvation, and mission which are generally used to show that only Christianity is valid, Dr Suchocki interprets them in ways that demand reaching out in friendship to others different from ourselves Creation can be seen as a gradual process of making order out of chaos, an interaction between God and each created thing, what she calls call and response So we have a creation where God calls creation responds God then responds to the creation s response, and building upon it, calls yet again Through call and response, the creation comes into being as world It is incremental, gradual, with the creation participating in its own becoming p 29 This process guarantees freedom and diversity, and God interacting with and responding to people everywhere throughout history, building on different responses in different places, brings about the different cultures, religions and spiritual approaches Thus, too, God is not incarnate only in one individual, Jesus, but is radically incarnate, embodied in all beings and cultures insofar as these take on God s influence Just as light is both wave and particle, depending on how we measure it, so various cultures and religions can be incommensurate and yet all be true The part of this book I enjoyed most were the chapters emphasizing social justice and religious pluralism as a Christian response to globalization and increased modern contact with those not like us The image she chooses is the stranger within one s gates, saying In the Hebrew scriptures, justice is tested by the extent to which society develops communal structures that channel well being toward those with the least access to well being In passage after passage of the Hebrew scriptures, conformity to the command to love God and neighbor was measured by the community s kindness to those disadvantaged within the society, often typified as the widow, the orphan, and the stranger within one s gates p 77 , which runs counter to the universal human tendency to favor those who are the most like us and fear or shun those who are different She doesn t support homogenization of religions or leaving out the difficult parts where cultures disagree instead she gives the model of friendship, where friends don t suppress who they really are or always agree, yet remain friends In the same way, Christians can reach out to those of other faiths without needing to make those others like themselves by trying to convert themI enjoyed reading this short book, it s very open hearted A good book for Christians who wish to find a theological rationale for reaching out to others in friendship or interfaith, or for those who want to understand how Christianity can be interpreted as a religion of tolerance and respect of others Read the book as part of a class on Progressive Christianity Suchocki lay out a persuasive case for diversity and plurality within the Christian faith. Reads like a text book, but the ideas are the best I have ever read about a philosophy of the purpose of religion. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism
  • Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki
  • English
  • 16 March 2017
  • 0687021944