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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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No One Ascends Alone

No One Ascends Alone

Toward a Relational Pluralism

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(p.70) 3 No One Ascends Alone
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Circling the Elephant
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John J. Thatamanil

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288526.003.0004

This chapter surveys and assesses major contemporary versions of pluralist and particularist theologies of religious diversity including those of John Hick, David Ray Griffin, and Mark Heim. While finding commendable elements in each, the chapter argues for a relational pluralism derived from the work of Roland Faber and Catherine Keller. Central to the work of this chapter is the challenge to accounts of “religion” which tend to homogenize out difference and accounts of “religions” which tend to reify traditions over against each other. Even positive pluralist accounts that seek to speak of the different religions as valid paths up the same or even different mountains often fail to recognize just how deeply intertwined religious traditions are. Relational pluralism, by contrast, rightly recognizes that religious traditions have always emerged in relation and that their ongoing flourishing will continue to require relational encounter.

Keywords:   Roland Faber, David Ray Griffin, Mark Heim, John Hick, Catherine Keller, pluralism, relational pluralism, theology of religions, theologies of religious diversity

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