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Other Religions

Sung Wook Chung

in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369441
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195369441.003.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks

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Evangelicals are living in an increasingly pluralistic age, when major world religions are competing to attract adherents in all places of the world. For example, Islam has been increasingly attracting British and French citizens to the worship of Allah. Buddhism has drawn greater numbers of Americans and Canadians to the practice of Zen. Hinduism has been popularized by the spread of Yoga practice all over North America. In this context of religious pluralism, evangelical Christians should ask several questions. What attitude should evangelicals maintain toward other religions? How can we engage Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Confucians without compromising the integrity of the gospel of Jesus Christ? This article provides biblical answers to the above questions by exploring an evangelical theology of other religions. First, it explains current options for Christian thinking about other religions, focusing on their inadequacy. Then it proposes a creatively evangelical approach that is grounded in biblical teaching, classical tradition, and evangelical theology. Finally, it applies this new approach to real situations of engagement with other religions.

Keywords: Islam; Christians; Buddhism; evangelicals; world religions; gospel; religious pluralism; evangelical theology; Hinduism

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Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Interfaith Relations

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