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PluralismHandout09 - Religion 261 Religious Pluralism...

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Religion 261 Religious Pluralism Pluralist Paradigms Plurality: the facts of pluralism as a state of affairs Pluralism: implies a normative judgment or evaluation of this plurality “The needed Copernican revolution in theology involves…a shift from the dogma that Christianity is at the center to the realization that it is God who is at the center, and that all the religions of mankind, including our own, serve and revolve around him” (John Hick, God and the Universe of Faiths , 1973). Exclusivist Paradigms John 14:6, Hebrews 1:1-4, Acts 4:12 Salvation is through the grace of God found in Jesus Christ alone No salvation outside the church: extra ecclesiam nulla salus “Around the side of the beautiful Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, written in Arabic, are the words God has no son . Facing, as it does, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, no other expression could illustrate so pointedly the one fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam. To this inscription, the New Testament responds in the words God declares at the baptism of Jesus: “This is my Son, whom I love” (Matthew 3:17)….The Quran (wrongly) accuses Christians of tritheism, and this charge is repeated and believed by millions of Muslims around the world. The doctrine of the Trinity does not deny but rather reinforces the true unity of God…It tells us that within the being of God himself there is a mysterious living
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