"What are Christians to make of their mission in an pluralistic
world?" asks Paul F. Knitter, author of the landmark work in
interfaith dialogue No Other Name? As a recognized scholar and
participant in interfaith dialogue, Knitter is in a unique position
to explore the key concept of what Christian mission must entail in
a world that will remain a world of many religious faiths for the
foreseeable future. From the first chapter of Jesus and the Other
Names, which recounts his own theological and dialogical odyssey,
Knitter constructs what he calls a "correlational,
globally-responsible theology of religions" as a necessary
correction to traditional pluralist and exclusivist approaches. By
anticipating and addressing his critics - both conservative and
liberal - Knitter makes a powerful argument for a reconstruction of
mission faithful to the Christian imperative and dynamically
attuned to the plurality of the world. Jesus and the Other Names
will give pause to those who believe Christian mission can be
carried on as it was in the modern era. Sure to inspire debate as
well as dialogue it offers a more humble, but perhaps more
"Christic", postmodern approach to mission in the new millennium
that has little to do with earthly glory and nothing to do with the
sense of cultural superiority that has so often - and often so
tragicallyaccompanied modern missionary movements. Theologians,
missiologists, Christian historians, can all benefit from its
thoughtful and timely message.
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