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[For much of its two thousand-year history, Christianity in the West has operated as if it were the only game in town, or at least the only game that mattered. While Christians were conscious of Jews as a minority in their midst and of Muslims at the borders of European Christendom, they engaged...
[In the previous chapter, I criticized Christian theology for failing to listen to what religious others have to say. Yet why should Christians care about what non-Christians think? What’s wrong with a sharp separation between the Christian “inside” and the non-Christian “outside”? Isn’t...
[Aradical theological critique of Christian reflection about religious others should begin with the root question: what is the relation between the Christian and religious others? There is no one “right” answer. Indeed, as we will see in subsequent chapters, different Christian theologians...
[Friedrich Schleiermacher is widely acknowledged to be the father of modern liberal Protestant theology and perhaps of modern theology generally. Karl Barth, though vigorously opposed to key aspects of Schleiermacher’s theology, admitted, “The first place in a history of the theology of the most...
[If Schleiermacher is the father of modern liberal Protestant theology, Karl Barth is the father of the reaction against that theology.1 Throughout his long career, he sought to counteract the theological dominance of the modern self by restoring to the place of authority God as divine Other....
[Neither Schleiermacher’s turn to the self nor Barth’s turn to the divine Other succeeds in transcending the confines of the Christian situation. In this chapter we examine how a third approach fares: George Lindbeck’s postliberal turn to the texts and tradition of the Church.]
[Each of the theologians we’ve looked at so far ends up hardening the boundaries of the Christian situation, and consequently misses out on the possibility of transformative encounter with religious others and thus, potentially, with the divine Other. In this chapter we examine how a fourth...
[As I stated at the outset of this work, for much of its two thousand-year history, Christianity has operated as if it were the only game in town, or at least the only game that mattered. In this respect, the four theologians we have examined end up offering more of the same. Despite dramatic...
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