Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Can Only One Religion Be True? Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Can Only One Religion Be True? Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue

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Can Only One Religion be True? Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue. Edited by Robert B. Stewart. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8006-9928-4. 272 pages. Paper. $24.00.

Can Only One Religion be True? The question appears to be rhetorical. Whether or not this question expects an answer, readers are alerted that a rather limited perspective for the discussion of pluralism has been set in place. Rendering the dialogue to an either/ or framework will easily force readers to take sides on the issue.

What do we expect from a dialogue between a Catholic (known as a mutualist) and an evangelical (in a liberal stream)? Yes, more labels are found throughout the book. There is just no way to know if these labels achieve mutual respect and greater mutual understanding. When it comes to the uniqueness of Christianity, the evangelical circles put much emphasis on the idea of salvation. It gives an impression that the debate is reduced to soul-saving; whereas, this idea of salvation is not necessarily the focus of other religions' attention. …

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