Jesus and Muhammad

Often on Sunday afternoon I post a brief review/report of a book, and I’m open to having you send me reviews like this one — brief, descriptive, suggesting how a book could be used by others. The scholarly quest for Jesus, which exploded into proposal after proposal in the 80s and 90s, has a parallel [Read More...]

Those who never hear the gospel 3

This series is being written by David Opderbeck, and he’s probing into what I think is one of the most significant issues Christians need to face today: religious pluralism. This is the third post in my series on Gavin D’Costa’s book Christianity and World Religions: Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions.  The first two [Read More...]

Those who never hear the gospel 2

This post is the second one in a series by David Opderbeck. This is the second post in my series on Gavin D’Costa, Christianity and World Religions: Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions.  The first post is here.  In this post I’ll jump to the last chapter of the book to consider D’Costa’s proposal regarding [Read More...]

Those who never hear the gospel 1

This post is from David Opderbeck… Gavin D’Costa, Christianity and World Religions: Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions. Here on Jesus Creed, we’ve had many spirited discussions about the “theodicy of soteriology”:  the problem of why God’s salvation seems to be restricted to so few people who hear and respond to the gospel.  In [Read More...]

Religious Colonialism 4

Stephen Prothero’s newest book, God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter, seeks to educate us all on the world’s great religions. One of his more important points is method: How do we analyze another religion? The fundamental problem is that we tend to analyze it through [Read More...]

Religious Colonialism 3

Stephen Prothero’s newest book, God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter ., seeks to educate his audience on the basics of the major world religions. After his sketch of Islam, upon which I’m no expert, he turns to Christianity. If this chp represents his work, I’d [Read More...]

Religious Colonialism 2

We need to understand other religions for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is our globalized world is making the world smaller and because some think the differences between the religions is actually, upon closer inspection, shrinking as well.  Stephen Prothero agrees with me on the first and on the second claims. [Read More...]


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