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Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?: Jesus, Revelation and Religious Traditions By Gerald R. McDermott,

  • Title: Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?: Jesus, Revelation and Religious Traditions
  • Author: Gerald R. McDermott
  • ISBN: 9780830822744
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • Arguably, the church s greatest challenge in the next century will be the problem of the scandal of particularity More than ever before, Christians will need to explain why they follow Jesus and not the Buddha or Confucius or Krishna or Muhammed But if, while relating their faith to the faiths, Christians treat non Christian religions as netherworlds of unmixed darkness Arguably, the church s greatest challenge in the next century will be the problem of the scandal of particularity More than ever before, Christians will need to explain why they follow Jesus and not the Buddha or Confucius or Krishna or Muhammed But if, while relating their faith to the faiths, Christians treat non Christian religions as netherworlds of unmixed darkness, the church s message will be a scandal not of particularity but of arrogant obscurantism Recent evangelical introductions to the problem of other religions have built commendably on foundations laid by J N D Anderson and Stephen Neill Anderson and Neill opened up the heathen worlds to the evangelical West, showing that many non Christians also seek salvation and have personal relationships with their gods In the last decade Clark Pinnock and John Sanders have argued for an inclusivist understanding of salvation, and Harold Netland has shed new light on the question of truth in the religions Yet no evangelicals have focused as nonevangelicals Keith Ward, Diana Eck and Paul Knitter have done on the revelatory value of truth in non Christian religions Anderson and Neill showed that there are limited convergences between Christian and non Christian traditions, and Pinnock has argued that there might be truths Christians can learn from religious others But as far as I know, no evangelicals have yet examined the religions in any sort of substantive way for what Christians can learn without sacrificing, as Knitter and John Hick do, the finality of Christ This book is the beginning of an evangelical theology of the religions that addresses not the question of salvation but the problem of truth and revelation, and takes seriously the normative claims of other traditions It explores the biblical propositions that Jesus is the light that enlightens every person Jn 1 9 and that God has not left Himself without a witness among non Christian traditions Acts 14 17 It argues that if Saint Augustine learned from Neo Platonism to better understand the gospel, if Thomas Aquinas learned from Aristotle to better understand the Scriptures, and if John Calvin learned from Renaissance humanism, perhaps evangelicals may be able to learn from the Buddha and other great religious thinkers and traditions things that can help them clearly understand God s revelation in Christ It is an introductory word in a conversation that I hope will go much further among evangelicals Gerald McDermott, in the introduction toCan Evangelicals Learn from World Religions
    Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions Jesus Revelation and Religious Traditions Arguably the church s greatest challenge in the next century will be the problem of the scandal of particularity More than ever before Christians will need to explain why they follow Jesus and not t

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    1. Gerald McDermott uses his book Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions to examine the contribution world religions can make to the theological studies of evangelical scholars McDermott establishes the foundation of his argument be defining evangelical and identifying himself as one He then also defines his approach to revelation Using the Catholic theologian Dulles five dimensions of revelation, he draws from a variety of theological models revelation as doctrine, history, inner experience, [...]

    2. McDermott writes a much needed book that helps those in the evangelical Christian tradition find a way to truly respect other religious traditions without selling out the store Citing examples of such biblical figures as Melchizedek, Balaam, and others who speak the word of the one true God but are not members of the Children of God, McDermott shows that there is biblical evidence for Christians to rediscover truths that are deeply imbedded in the Bible from those who do not confess Christ retur [...]

    3. If the answer to the question in the title of this book isn t obvious yes I was pleasantly surprised that McDermott gives the reader an explanation albeit not an in depth one of revelation, what the Bible and Christian tradition tell us, and then a nice summation of what the major religious traditions teach us all of course which the author points back to Christ It is not as though the author intends to give his readers a crash course in world religions, or to infer that there is a part of truth [...]

    4. With Corduan s book I mentioned casting the religion in its strongest form as one of its positives McDermott does the same here, although I think in some places he ends up going to far in this direction For example, he argues that Confucianism o n closer inspection emphasizes potential rather than actual goodness 173 But this isn t clearly the case from what I ve read The Analects, Mencius, and other treatments of Confucianism in related works on eastern philosophy and religion At best, Confucia [...]

    5. This was a very interesting book and a good read that a friend passed along after talking about how religions relate to each other A very good simple definition of Christianity, Islam, a form of Budhism, Taoism What some similarities are and what western culture can learn and incorporate from other religions In the bible Jesus was a big proponent of talking with folks from other religious backgounds, and constantly identified others good intentions and acts, even if they were different than thos [...]

    6. The first few chapters were hugely valuable for me, providing a thorough definition of revelation and defining evangelical and contrasting this to fundamentalism and liberal protestantism McDermott takes a solidly evangelical approach to other religions, accepting that while there is no salvation through other religions he rejects pluralism and inclusivism , there can be revelation in these religions revelation in the sense that the revelation of God in the Scriptures and in Jesus is complete, b [...]

    7. A defining read for me He spoke at Wheaton my senior year, but, unfortunately, I missed it I know some were concerned about his inclusivist leanings It s interesting to consider studying world religions as a way for learning about God, but I can see value in this Seems in line with C.S Lewis s Mere Christianity comments that other religions do have some truth.

    8. Very good and useful read Enjoyed the audio version from christianaudio A bit of warning it is written at a fairly high reading level, but it s far from pretentious.

    9. A wonderful look at this topic of whether Christians can learn from other religions It was an easy read in comparison to many books that hold similar stores of knowledge.

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