By E. Luther Copeland
Why this booklet - specifically seeing that there are various books facing an identical topic? One solution is that the majority Christians are thinking about a cause for helping Christian missions between foreign religions and cultures, in the event that they can achieve this with integrity and with justification for wholehearted appreciate for the opposite religions and the cultures knowledgeable via them. This booklet intends to supply simply one of these reason, to illustrate that you can verify the Christian challenge across the world and interculturally with out diminishing both the significance of fine interreligious relationships or the popularity of the value of the main religions.
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Pieris has also manifested a strong concern with liberation theology, and he has written insightfully about how Asian liberation theology differs from its Western counterparts. " In this discussion, he indicated the relevance of the primal religions, and he pointed out, with illustrations, the revolutionary urge in the various religions of Asia. He concluded that the starting point and object of interreligious cooperation was not theology, or God-talk, but liberation (on this point his thinking is similar to that of Knitter); that technology, the result of an evolution of human beings from the biosphere to the noösphere, is distorted and dehumanized by acquisitiveness; and that the enculturation of Christianity in Asia depended upon its being framed within a Third World understanding of the gospelthe gospel understood not as reactionary but as revolutionary.
A few do make such an attempt, and they deserve and receive some representation in this book. For whatever reason, possibly because of facility in English, South Asian Christianitythat of India and Sri Lankaseems to supply a disproportionate number of these Third World theologians of religion. Encouragements Toward Religious Relativism/Pluralism As to Christian theologies of religions, whether a naive lay theology or the more sophisticated preserve of professional theologians, it is obvious that religious pluralism is on the increase.
They feel that they have withstood the onslaughts of the West, especially the challenge of Christian missions. This victory, they claim, has been achieved in the disadvantageous situation of colonialism and Western dominance. So the religions are now ready to face Christianity without a sense of inferiority. I remember well, for example, the many Hindus in India whom I met in the 1960s who expressed the belief that Hinduism had a message that the West badly needed. One old Hindu gentleman raised a question about the high incidence of mental and psychological disorders in the West and indicated that the Hindu concept of karma, the law of cause and effect, was in large part the answer to this problem.
A New Meeting of the Religions: Interreligious Relationships and Theological Questioning by E. Luther Copeland