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Christianity and World Religions: Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions

Christianity and World Religions: Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions

Gavin D'Costa

ISBN: 978-1-405-17673-6

Feb 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

248 pages

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An engaging and accessible introduction to Christianity’s relationship with other world religions, addressing the questions of why the reality, and vitality, of other religions has become a challenge, and showing how Christianity is equipped to deal with religious plurality at both the doctrinal and social level.

  • Timely and accessible, this book tackles the question of why the reality, and vitality, of other religions has become a challenge for Christianity
  • Makes a decisive contribution to debates about the clash between Islam and the West, arguing that the major threat to religious freedoms come from secularism, and that Islam and Christianity both have the resources to develop a vibrant and pluralist public square; one informed by intellectual rigor and debate
  • Considers the wider issue of how modernity has defined ‘religion’, and provides a substantial critique of secular ways of controlling religions
  • Shows how Christianity is very well suited to deal with religious plurality at the doctrinal and social level
  • Addresses the core issues and describes the various answers that have been proposed in recent years – making it an ideal introduction to the field, and one which will stimulate ideas and discussions

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1: Words and worlds: ‘world religions’ and ‘Christian theology’.

2: Checking our baggage: twentieth century non-theological influences on our field.

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3: Who’s in and who’s out?: the salvation of the non-Christian.

4: Engaging the other: the meaning of the religions in their concrete forms.

5: The public square: the clash of religions?.

6: Conclusions.

“All in all, D’Costa should be commended for writing an excellent book. This work is a wonderful contribution to the conversation regarding Christianity and non-Christian religions. I highly recommend it for all persons interested in the theology of religions, as well as any Christian looking for new ways to understand the possibility of salvation for non-Christians.”  (The International Journal of Public Theology, 1 December 2012)

"I warmly encourage readers in each to take it up and read." (One in Christ, July 2010) "For a generation which is reasserting its Catholic identity, this thesis may serve a valuable purpose, calming the anxieties of those who, admirable, have managed to maintain an interest in the salvation of non-Christians yet are as hard put to win converts as their more pluralist co-religionists." (The Way, January 2010)

"His gazetteer of these regions at the edge of the eschatological map is fascinating. The closing pages are as perceptive a meditation on what the dereliction of the cross can and cannot mean as we might expect to find in a first-rate book devoted entirely to that subject." (Chruch Times, December 2009)


  • Timely and accessible, this book tackles the question of why the reality, and vitality, of other religions has become a challenge for Christianity
  • Makes a decisive contribution to debates about the clash between Islam and the West, arguing that the major threat to religious freedoms come from secularism, and that Islam and Christianity both have the resources to develop a vibrant and pluralist public square; one informed by intellectual rigor and debate
  • Considers the wider issue of how modernity has defined ‘religion’, and provides a substantial critique of secular ways of controlling religions
  • Shows how Christianity is very well suited to deal with religious plurality at the doctrinal and social level
  • Addresses the core issues and describes the various answers that have been proposed in recent years – making it an ideal introduction to the field, and one which will stimulate ideas and discussions