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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue$
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Terrence Merrigan and John Friday

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.001.0001

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Soteriological Agnosticism and the Future of Catholic Theology of Interreligious Dialogue

Soteriological Agnosticism and the Future of Catholic Theology of Interreligious Dialogue

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(p.201) 12 Soteriological Agnosticism and the Future of Catholic Theology of Interreligious Dialogue
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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue
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Catherine Cornille

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.003.0013

This chapter proposes a shift in theology of religions from soteriological to epistemological questions. It argues that the question of the salvific efficacy of other religions is in principle unresolvable, and that an attitude of soteriological agnosticism is both phenomenologically and theologically sound. However, this attitude of soteriological agnosticism does not exempt or disqualify Christian theologians from reflecting on the possibility of discovering relevant truth in other religions, and from developing criteria and strategies for discerning such truth. While the categories of exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism, and particularism can no longer provide a framework for reflection on the salvific role of other religions, they can serve as a basis for considering the presence and nature of truth in other religions and for grounding the possibility of a constructive dialogue with other religions.

Keywords:   soteriological agnosticism, exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism, particularism, discernment, truth, Vatican II

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