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Circling the ElephantA Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity$
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John J. Thatamanil

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288526

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288526.001.0001

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Religious Difference and Christian Theology

Religious Difference and Christian Theology

Thinking About, Thinking With, and Thinking Through

(p.21) 1 Religious Difference and Christian Theology
Circling the Elephant

John J. Thatamanil

Fordham University Press

This chapter introduces and frames the argument for the entire book: Christian theology must understand religious diversity as promise rather than as problem. The chapter then proceeds to lay out conceptually what was articulated allegorically in the introduction, namely that theology of religious diversity, comparative theology, and constructive theology must be integrated. The chapter defines the scope and tasks of each of these three subfields within theology and puts them into conversation. The chapter argues that it is not enough to merely think about others; we must instead think with religious others and think through what is so learned. In sum, we ought not give an account of the other without being transformed by the other through interreligious learning.

Keywords:   comparative theology, constructive theology, problem of religious diversity, promise of religious diversity, theology of religions, theology of religious diversity

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