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Learning from Other Religions

Learning from Other Religions

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781009367707
Number of Pages: 288
Published: 16/11/2023
Width: 14.8 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
One common argument against taking the notion of divine revelation seriously is the extraordinrary diversity which exists betwen the world's major religions. How can God be thought to have spoken to humanity when the conclusions drawn are so very different? David Brown authoritatively and persuasively tackles this issue head-on. He refutes the idea that all faiths necessarily culminate in Christianity, or that they can be reduced to some facile lowest common denominator, arguing instead that ideas may emerge more naturally in one context than another. Sometimes, because of its own singular situation, another religion has proved to be more perceptive on a particular issue than Christianity. At other times, no religion will hold the ultimate answer because what can be asserted is heavily dependent on what is viable both scientifically and philosophically. Although complete reconciliation is impossible, a richer notion of revelation – so the author suggests – can be the result.
1. Complementary Shards; 2. Ancient Paganism and the Biblical God; 3. Different Eyes: Hinduism; 4. The Religions of India; 5. The Religions of China; 6. The Religions of Japan; 7. Islam: Warning or Hope; 8. Revelation's Enrichment; 9. Beyond Inclusivism and Pluralism.

David Brown (University of St Andrews, Scotland)

David Brown, FBA, is Emeritus Wardlaw Professor of Theology, Aesthetics and Culture at the University of St Andrews. He was previously Fellow and Chaplain at Oriel College, Oxford, and Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University. An Anglo-Catholic of wide and sympathetic interests, he has also served as President of the Society for the Study of Theology (SST) and Deputy Chair of the Church of England's Doctrine Commission. His many substantial publications on theology, aspects of biblical revelation and art and culture have garnered much critical acclaim.

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