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Following A Unique Christ in a Pluralistic Society
Enrichment Journal ^

Posted on 10/02/2010 11:23:29 AM PDT by Amerisrael

The gospel is no stranger to religiously pluralistic environments.1 The disciples first proclaimed the good news throughout the religiously mixed Mediterranean world with its many gods and temples, Greek philosophies, and emperor worship. Today's religious pluralism, however, offers an appealing approach to liberal democratic Western societies by claiming that all religions are equally capable of salvation or liberation, none being superior to another.2 This agrees with educator Allan Bloom's analysis of our culture: "Conflict is the evil we most want to avoid."3

Isn't it arrogant to proclaim Jesus as God's unique revelation in the face of other religions? As feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether declared, "The idea that Christianity, or even the biblical faiths, have a monopoly on religious truth is an outrageous and absurd religious chauvinism."4 At the popular level, Oprah Winfrey once said on her show: "There are millions of ways to be a human being and many paths to what you call 'God'; ... there couldn't possibly be just one way."5

Now, we can readily agree with the benign, descriptive fact of pluralism — that many religious beliefs exist. The more dangerous, evangelism-threatening pluralism, however, takes on a prescriptive tone: "It is true — and therefore you need to believe — that all religions are capable of saving or liberating." In such a view, the claim that Jesus is unique is narrow-minded and imperialistic — a relic of the colonial age. Pluralism is much more suited to our individualistic, consumer-oriented, buffet-style approach to religion that says, "I'll take some of that; no, I don't like that."

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TOPICS: Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: interfaith; multicultural; one; way

1 posted on 10/02/2010 11:23:34 AM PDT by Amerisrael
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To: Amerisrael

Thanks for this well-thought post. It’s often hard to remember Christianity’s miraculous roots. I think the big thing is that the right thing won’t be easy, but it will really come down to whether or not we believe in the miraculous power of God, that we can be able to accomplish these things.


2 posted on 10/02/2010 11:43:56 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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