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Rolf Kjøde

lead to convergence within the area of missiology? We will analyze the question about convergence in theology of religions between the conciliar and the evangelical traditions of the church by an investigation of the two latest comprehensive documents from the Lausanne Committee for World

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

P OSSIBLE P ARADIGM FOR T ODAY ’ * V ELI -M ATTI K ÄRKKÄINEN ** Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91182, USA email: vmk@fuller.edu A BSTRACT In this appreciative response to Tony Richie’s paper, Richie is urged to relate the Pentecostal theology of religions of

Claudio de Oliveira Ribeiro

perspective leads us, among other factors, to the search for a paradigm in the theology of religions. It tries to overcome consecrated models, such as those that assume Jesus Christ and the church as the necessary path to salvation (exclusivism), those that consider Jesus Christ as the way of salvation for

Theology of Religions

Through the Lens of ‘Truth-as-Openness’

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Graham Adams

In Theology of Religions Graham Adams maps and analyses the field of ‘theology of religions’ (ToR) and its various typologies, examining the assumptions in how religion is assessed. The purpose is to identify how contributions to ToR select and deselect material and trajectories, editing according to presuppositions and interests. Adams’ analysis consciously relies on Andrew Shanks’ Hegelian notion of ‘truth-as-openness’ (divine hospitality) as it illuminates three dynamics, or ‘scandals’, within ToR. The first, concerned with how a religion’s particularity or identity is constructed, is subdivided between ‘particularity transcended’ and ‘particularity re-centred’, along the lines of Jenny Daggers’ postcolonial insights. The second concerns the interactions when one religion engages an Other’s strangeness, and the third is concerned with how religions aim to transform socio-political systems that feign or obstruct universality, so as to effect ever greater solidarity. The text notes key trends, beyond Christianity and including deepening interdisciplinarity, and potential developments from a critical but constructive standpoint.

Theology of Religions

Through the Lens of ‘Truth-as-Openness’

Graham Adams

Introduction 0.1 A Dynamic Field: Terms of Debate and Overview This paper is an account and assessment of the main features of the undulating and creative field of ‘theology of religions’ (ToR): how a religion presumes to place and assess other religions. I view the debates intentionally through a

Theology of Religions

Through the Lens of ‘Truth-as-Openness’

Series:

Graham Adams

Introduction 0.1 A Dynamic Field: Terms of Debate and Overview This paper is an account and assessment of the main features of the undulating and creative field of ‘theology of religions’ (ToR): how a religion presumes to place and assess other religions. I view the debates intentionally through a

Twenty-First Century Theologies of Religions

Retrospection and Future Prospects

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Edited by Elizabeth Harris, Paul Hedges and Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi

Within Christian theology, debates on the theology of religions have intensified over the last thirty or so years. This volume surveys the field and maps future directions in this expanding and important area of research. Both established experts and new voices address typological debates, comparative theology, multiple religious belonging or identity, and how dialogue between different religious traditions affects our understanding of these issues. Different perspectives and traditions are represented, and, while focusing upon debates in Christian theology, voices and perspectives from a range of religious traditions are also included. This volume is an essential tool for research students and established scholars working within the theology of religions and interreligious studies.

Contributors are: Graham Adams, Tony Bayfield, Abraham Velez de Cea, Gavin D’Costa, Reuven Firestone, Ray Gaston, Elizabeth Harris, Paul Hedges, Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi, Haifaa Jawad, Kristin Beise Kiblinger, Paul F. Knitter, Oddbjørn Leirvik, Marianne Moyaert, Mark Owen, Alan Race, Sigrid Rettenbacher, Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Leonard Swidler, Philip Whitehead, Janet Williams, Ulrich Winkler.

Tony Richie

Richie ** 6926 Terry Drive Knoxville, TN, 37924 USA email: BrothrTony@aol.com A BSTRACT Even as we celebrate the centennial of the Azusa Street Revival, the ideol- ogy and reality of religious pluralism currently challenges Pentecostal Christians to articulate an adequate theology of religions. J.H. King

Najeeb George Awad

Th is article is an attempt at viewing the doctrine of salvation from a trinitarian point of view by shifting the focus of the inclusivist theology of religion from a traditional christocentric version into a version that, rather than only being linked to christology, is substantially linked and fun

Tony G. Moon

Since the April 2006 Journal of Pentecostal Theology publication of Tony Richie’s ‘Azusa-Era Optimism’ essay, Richie and I discussed in this periodical the theology of religions of early Pentecostal leader J.H. King. 1 There was some basic agreement, but the dissent was strong and sometimes