Christ Among the Religions

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI:
Christ Among the Religions

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This chapter examines the relations between the various religions of the world, looking from the Christian point of view. When people pick up the newspaper, they can hardly avoid reading about conflicts between Jews and Muslims, between Muslims and Hindus, between Hindus and Sikhs, or between Sunnis and Shiites. All of these faiths have at one time or another clashed with Christianity, which, for its part, has contributed more than its share to interreligious tension and warfare. Christians have persecuted Jews and have fought holy wars against Muslims. Within Christianity there have been internecine wars, especially between Protestants and Catholics, but sometimes also with Eastern Orthodox. The discussion looks into the ways in which different religions can relate to each other by proposing a theology consisting of four models: coercion, convergence, pluralism, and tolerance. Lastly, it offers different strategies that may lead to peaceful and friendly coexistence.

Keywords: Christianity; Muslim; Jews; coercion; convergence; pluralism; tolerance; coexistence

Chapter.  4860 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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