Hope and Otherness: Christian Eschatology and Interreligious Hospitality

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In Hope and Otherness, Jakob Wirén analyses the place and role of the religious Other in contemporary eschatology. In connection with this theme, he examines and compares different levels of inclusion and exclusion in Christian, Muslim, and Jewish eschatologies. He argues that a distinction should be made in approaches to this issue between soteriological openness and eschatological openness. By going beyond Christian theology and also looking to Muslim and Jewish sources and by combining the question of the religious Other with eschatology, Wirén explores ways of articulating Christian eschatology in light of religious otherness, and provides a new and vital slant to the threefold paradigm of exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism that has been prevalent in the theology of religions.

“Jakob Wirén’s study pushes forward the frontiers of three disciplines all at the same time: theology of religions; comparative religions and eschatology. (…) This is a challenging and important book.”
- Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol, Professor of Catholic Theology, 2017

“This book explores of the status of religious others in Christian eschatology, and of eschatology itself as a privileged place for reflecting on religious otherness. Wiren mines not only Christian, but also Jewish and Muslim sources to develop an inclusive eschatology. Hope and Otherness thus represents an important contribution to both theology of religions and comparative theology.”
- Catherine Cornille, Boston College, Professor of Comparative Theology, 2017

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Biographical Note

Jakob Wirén, Ph.D. (2013), is Reader in Systematic Theology at Lund University and research fellow at the Church of Sweden Research Unit. He is also the theological advisor of Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Jakob Wirén’s most recent book is Utmaningsdriven undervisning (Verbum 2017).

Review Quotes

“Jakob Wirén’s study pushes forward the frontiers of three disciplines all at the same time: theology of religions; comparative religions and eschatology. He sophisticatedly explores how Christian, Jewish and Muslim eschatologies are open to the religious ‘Other’. He then returns to his own Christian theological tradition to incorporate what he has discovered to develop a more eschatologically open picture, while keeping Christologically rooted and liturgically relevant. This is a challenging and important book.”
̶- Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol, Professor of Catholic Theology.

“This book explores of the status of religious others in Christian eschatology, and of eschatology itself as a privileged place for reflecting on religious otherness. Wiren mines not only Christian, but also Jewish and Muslim sources to develop an inclusive eschatology. Hope and Otherness thus represents an important contribution to both theology of religions and comparative theology.”
- Catherine Cornille, Boston College, Professor of Comparative Theology.

Table of contents

Preface
1 Introduction
 1.1 The Task
 1.2 The Context of This Study
   Theologies of Religions: Introduction
   The Threefold Paradigm
   The Threefold Paradigm and This Study
   Beyond the Threefold Paradigm? i : Particularism as a Fourth Option
   Beyond the Threefold Paradigm? ii : Comparative Theology
 1.3 Methodological Considerations
   The Method of Correlation
   A Revised Method of Correlation
   A Revised Method of Correlation as Comparative Theology?
   Introducing the Heuristic Tools
 1.4 Material
 1.5 Terminological Considerations
   How Some of the Terms are Interrelated
   The Concepts of Hope and Eschatology
   The Concepts of Other and Otherness
   Otherness and Theological Integrity
 1.6 The Structure of This Study
2 Christian Eschatologies and the Religious Other
 2.1 Introduction
   Eschatological Positions vis-à-vis the Religious Other
 2.2 The Foundation: Four Cornerstones
   Truth and the Religious Other: Joseph Ratzinger
   Hope and the Religious Other: Jürgen Moltmann
   History and the Religious Other: Wolfhart Pannenberg
   The Real and the Religious Other: John Hick
 2.3 The Rise of the Notion of the Religious Other in Christian Eschatology
   ‘Old Doctrines for New Jobs’: Gavin D’Costa
   Respecting Other’s Religious Ends: S. Mark Heim
 2.4 Conclusion: Heuristic Tools
3 A Wider Horizon: Hope and Otherness in Muslim and Jewish Eschatologies
 3.1 Introduction
 3.2 Hope and Otherness in Muslim Eschatologies
   Introduction
   A Taxonomy of Contemporary Muslim Thinkers
   Introducing Muslim Theologies of Religions
   Picturing Paradise: Mujtaba Musavi Lari
   Eschatology and Ethical Criteria: Fazlur Rahman
   The Vision of Islam: William C. Chittick
   Revisiting the Heuristic Tools
 3.3 Jewish Eschatologies
   Introduction
   Contemporary Jewish Theology
   Introducing Jewish Theologies of Religions
   Election: Michael Wyschogrod and the Chosen People
   The Messiah: Steven Schwarzschild and a Theology of Waiting
   The Resurrection of the Dead: Neil Gillman and the Hereafter
   Revisiting the Heuristic Tools
 3.4 Conclusion: Heuristic Tools
4 Towards a Christian Eschatology with Theological Integrity for the Religious Other
 4.1 Introduction
 4.2 Theological Space: Religious Otherness Reassessed
   Introduction
   Contributions from Muslim and Jewish Eschatologies
   Linguistic Hospitality
   Death and Otherness
 4.3 Theological Interplay: Eschatological Otherness Reassessed
   Introduction
   Contributions of Muslim and Jewish Eschatologies
   The Apophatic Nature of the Eschaton
   A Tradition-Specific Determination of the Eschaton?
 4.4 The Heavenly Banquet
   The Feast as a Human Symbol
   The Feast as a Religious Symbol
   The Heavenly Banquet as a Christian Symbol
 4.5 Conclusion
References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

Readership

Scholars and students in fields such as (Christian) Systematic Theology, Theology of Religions, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies. People engaged in churches or other religious communities with an interest in theological and interreligious issues.