An affective experience of wonder arises in encounters with religious others. In defense of the authority such encounters might hold for Christian life, this chapter gestures toward a Christian theology of religious pluralism that appreciates both the incomprehensibility of otherness and the affect it awakens. Three categories from the classical Indian aesthetic theory guide this aesthetics of religious pluralism: the aesthetic emotion of wonder (adbhuta rasa), the sympathetic spectator (sahṛdaya), and transitory or nurturing emotional states (vyabhicāribhāvas or sañcāribhāvas). Wonder partakes of the ethical ambivalence that attends the aesthetic emotions generally. As a theology of religious pluralism struggles to find language and rationality, it must remain open to the mystery of the other and of the divine.
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