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Comparative Theology and the Problem of Religious Rivalry

Hugh Nicholson

Abstract

This book concerns the problem of the ineluctability of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ relations in theological discourse. It argues that liberal theologies — from the Christian fulfillment theology of the nineteenth century to the pluralist theology of the twentieth — have sought to transcend this “political” dimension of religion only to see it reappear in the more subtle, though arguably more insidious form of unacknowledged exclusion or hegemonism. This phenomenon of the ineluctability of the political in theological discourse is perhaps most clearly manifest in the current standoff between inclusivis ... More

Keywords: theology of religions, pluralists, inclusivists, comparative theology, hegemonism, exclusion, religious identity, intolerance, William Connolly, naturalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199772865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772865.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Nicholson, author
Loyola University Chicago
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