No Longer the Same: Religious Others and the Liberation of Christian Theology

Paperback | March 15, 2012

byDavid R. Brockman

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Western Christian theology has been slow to respond to the persistent challenge of global religious diversity. Though there are a few notable exceptions, in the main Christian theology continues either to ignore or to dismiss the perspectives, texts, practices, and experiences of religious others as outside the bounds of the relevant, let alone the normative. This book breaks new ground by examining how boundaries between Christianity and religious others are discursively constructed in and through theological discourse. It examines how those basic boundary-drawing processes exercise power, and how that exercise of power can distort Christian theology itself.

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Western Christian theology has been slow to respond to the persistent challenge of global religious diversity. Though there are a few notable exceptions, in the main Christian theology continues either to ignore or to dismiss the perspectives, texts, practices, and experiences of religious others as outside the bounds of the relevant, ...

David R. Brockman is Research Associate for the Progressive Christian Center of the South. He has taught courses in theology of religions, world religions, Asian religions, christology, and the social context of Christianity at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and at Brite Divinity School. Brockman earned hi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.65 × 5.64 × 0.46 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109438

ISBN - 13:9780230109438

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Outsiders and Insiders: Why Religious Others Matter to Christian Theology
3 Discourse, Power, Exclusion: How Christian Theology Constructs Religious Others
4 Schleiermacher: 'Religion' in Service to 'the Christian'
5 Barth: Revelation in Service to 'the Christian'
6 Lindbeck: Turning 'the Christian' Inward
7 Gutiérrez: A Turn to Christian Others
8 Conclusion

 

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'David Brockman's No Longer the Same makes a convincing case for Christian theologians to engage religious others and let their voices be heard in the endeavor of faith seeking understanding. It is indeed a groundbreaking piece of work that pushes the boundaries further and opens new horizons in Christian theology.' - Ruben L.F. Habito, co-editor, The Gospel among Religions: Christian Ministry, Theology and Spirituality in a Multifaith World, and author of Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World'Meditating on the boundaries Christians have erected vis à vis the religious others, Brockman acknowledges at once the truth of difference and the chance of liberation. He manages the astounding feat of mapping the landscape of Christian responses to religious multiplicity with an adventurous clarity at once suitable for an introduction and satisfying for comparative theologians.' - Catherine Keller, Professor of Theology, Drew University, and author of On the Mystery: Discerning God in Process'Marked by acute analysis, freshness of insight, and a deep underlying passion, this book makes an outstanding contribution to systematic theology in general and especially to the theology of religion. It takes the debate in this field a whole stage further forward.' - Kenneth Cracknell, President Emeritus, the Cambridge Theological Federation'No Longer the Same offers a solid and deep consideration of the encounter with religious others, enriched by the compelling insight that this more serious encounter changes - liberates - Christian theology for this new era. A host of authors have raised these issues and argued the possibilities, but Brockman is one of the few who moves things forward in an intelligent, sober, and comprehensive way.' - Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Director, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University