A Christian Perspective

Charles Taliaferro

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195340136
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 A Christian Perspective

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Traditional Christianity makes some radical claims about God and creation. The God of Christianity is not a god of some finite region who has limited power and knowledge but the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent creator of all. Moreover, the redeemer in Christianity is not simply an inspired prophet or priest; rather, Jesus Christ is believed to be the unique incarnation of God. Persons are to find salvation by dying to selfish and sinful life and by being united with Jesus Christ, whose birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection bring about an atonement (or at-onement) with God. In light of these extraordinary claims, the question arises as to whether the existence of diverse, alternative religions, as well as the existence of diverse secular cultures, is a problem. It might be thought that diversity is not at all surprising given the history of the Judaism from which Christianity emerged. This article examines religious diversity from a Christian perspective, universal creation and redemption, and Christian alternatives to diversity.

Keywords: Christianity; creation; redemption; religious diversity; God; Jesus Christ; salvation; religions; Judaism

Article.  5849 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Comparative Religion ; Christianity

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