Magazine article Anglican Journal

'We Shouldn't Be Ashamed of the Good News'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'We Shouldn't Be Ashamed of the Good News'

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In the Letters to the Editor of the Sept. 2017 edition (Misguided campaign), p. 5, Keith Nunn contends that praying for everyone to "come to know Jesus" is in essence the claim that all non-Christians "are dead wrong and have nothing to offer from their beliefs." Associating this practice of prayer with the Crusades, colonialism and the Inquisition, the author asks the Anglican Church of Canada to reevaluate what evangelism really means.

However, the real problem isn't praying for others to come to Jesus, but black-and-white thinking. The author assumes that Christians must either think everyone must be Christian or that every tradition has equal value. But it's not the case that if Christianity is true, other religions are simply true or false. Religions consist of images, rituals, myths, metaphors and ideas, all of which approximate reality, more or less. An alternative to the author's pluralism says that while the revelation of God in Christ is the most accurate window into God, other religions contain truth as partial glimpses and foreshadowings. …

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