By E. Luther Copeland
Why this ebook - specifically considering there are various books facing an analogous topic? One solution is that the majority Christians are excited by a motive for aiding Christian missions between overseas religions and cultures, in the event that they can accomplish that with integrity and with justification for wholehearted appreciate for the opposite religions and the cultures expert through them. This booklet intends to supply simply any such reason, to illustrate that you'll be able to verify the Christian challenge across the world and interculturally with out diminishing both the significance of fine interreligious relationships or the popularity of the price of the most important religions.
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Rather, what is meant by this new meeting of religions is that peoples of the world, especially Western Christians, have come to a dramatic new awareness of religions other than their own, particularly the major religions, and their challenge to faith and theology. The New Awareness What accounts for this twentieth-century phenomenon? Why this new consciousness of the challenge of the world religions to Christian faith? There are many factors that have helped produce this new situation, such as the development of modern science, the end of political colonialism, and the vast array of information provided by the study of world religions.
Of course, there are many kinds of relativism. I reiterate that what I am discussing is religious relativism, which denies the finality of any religious ultimate except that Ultimate which looms behind all that profess to be final, whether the claim be for revelation in Christ, in the Qur'an, in Buddha, and so on. The Enlightenment First of all, there is the influence of the Enlightenment. The intellectual movement bearing this name emerged in the seventeenth century, though its roots are earlier, reaching back at least as far as the Renaissance, and it became more pervasive in the century following its beginning, that is, in the eighteenth century.
How can I claim that I have a superior religion when I observe the virtuous lives of persons committed to other faiths? But there are other reasons for the increased popularity of the relativistic type of religious pluralism. In part, the following discussion of these historical factors reflects my conviction that Christian religious pluralism of the variety indicated reflects the development of religious relativism. Of course, there are many kinds of relativism. I reiterate that what I am discussing is religious relativism, which denies the finality of any religious ultimate except that Ultimate which looms behind all that profess to be final, whether the claim be for revelation in Christ, in the Qur'an, in Buddha, and so on.