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Christianity and the religions : from confrontation to dialogue
Dupuis, Jacques, 1923-2004.
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Cristianesimo e le religioni. English
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [2002]

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xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
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In this incisive and important volume, Jacques Dupuis offers new insights on the most important issue facing Christian theology today -- giving an account of Christian faith as Christians go more deeply along the road of dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religious traditions. His task is to square a dogmatic circle. How does one do justice to the Gospel claim that Jesus the Christ is the final and universal savior of all humankind in every age, while also doing justice to the experience that truth, grace, holiness, and power are experienced in other religious traditions? In the first six chapters Dupuis reviews the history of the Western Christian tradition's teaching on other religious Ways through the breakthrough at Vatican Council II. In chapters 7 and 8 he reviews the critical issues of uniqueness of Christ and Christian proposals to account for the mediation of salvation in other religious Ways. He discusses also the relationship between the Reign of God, the Church, and the Religions. In chapter 9 he explores the nature and role of dialogue in a pluralistic society. In chapter 10 offers sage reflections on interreligious prayer.

Author Notes

Jacques Dupuis, S.J. is professor emeritus of theology at the Gregorian University and of the Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi, India.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Three Theological Perspectivesp. 2
From Confrontation to Dialoguep. 5
From Interreligious Dialogue to a Theology of Religious Pluralismp. 8
Outline and Development of This Bookp. 11
1. Jesus, the Apostolic Church, and the Religionsp. 17
Jesus and the Religionsp. 20
The Horizon of the Reign of Godp. 21
Entry of the Gentiles into the Reign of Godp. 23
The Universality of the Reign of Godp. 25
The Reign of God and the Religionsp. 29
The Apostolic Church and the Religionsp. 31
The Law Written on the Heartp. 33
The Unknown Godp. 35
God Shows No Partialityp. 37
God Desires Everyone to Be Savedp. 39
2. At the Crossroads of Vatican IIp. 45
Pre-Vatican II Theology of the Religionsp. 47
Fulfillment Theory: The Binary Danielou-de Lubacp. 47
The Inclusive Presence of Christ: The Divergence between Rahner and Panikkarp. 52
Vatican II: A Watershed?p. 59
Positive Values Contained in Religious Traditionsp. 61
Toward a Balanced Critical Appraisalp. 64
The Postconciliar Magisteriump. 67
The Pontificate of Paul VIp. 67
The Pontificate of John Paul IIp. 68
3. Christianity and the Religions in Recent Theologyp. 74
Paradigm Shiftsp. 76
From Ecclesiocentrism to Christocentrismp. 76
From Christocentrism to Theocentrismp. 77
Further Models and Beyondp. 79
Regnocentrism and Soteriocentrismp. 79
Logocentrism and Pneumatocentrismp. 81
Beyond Western Categoriesp. 84
Toward a Model of Inclusive Pluralismp. 87
The Christological Questionp. 87
A Trinitarian Christology as Interpretative Keyp. 90
4. The God of the Covenant and the Religionsp. 96
The Universal History of Salvationp. 98
Beyond the Judeo-Christian Traditionp. 98
The Saving Histories of Peoplesp. 100
God's Covenants with the Peoplesp. 103
Covenants Never Revokedp. 103
The Trinitarian Structure of Historyp. 109
5. "In Many and Various Ways"p. 114
The God of Revelationp. 117
"All Have the Same God"p. 117
The "Wholly Other" and the "Self of the Self"p. 119
Words and Word of Godp. 125
Words of God and Sacred Booksp. 125
The "Fullness" of Revelation in Jesus Christp. 129
Revelation, Differentiated and Complementaryp. 132
6. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Religions of the Worldp. 138
The Universal Action of the Word as Suchp. 139
The Wisdom of God in the Wisdom Traditionp. 140
The Word of God in the Prologue to St. John's Gospelp. 142
The Doctrine of the Logos Spermatikos in the Early Fathers of the Churchp. 147
The Universality of the Word and the Centrality of the Event of Jesus Christp. 156
The Centrality of the Event of Jesus Christp. 157
The Universality of the Wordp. 159
7. The "One Mediator" and "Participated Mediations"p. 163
Universal Savior and Unique Mediatorp. 169
New Testament Christology Revisited and Interpretedp. 169
The Human Face of Godp. 173
The Universal Presence of the Holy Spiritp. 178
Mediation and Mediationsp. 182
Various Paths to a Common Goalp. 182
Participated Mediations of Salvationp. 185
Discernment of Saving Valuesp. 190
8. The Reign of God, the Church, and the Religionsp. 195
Reign of God and Church: Identity or Distinction?p. 197
Recent History of Relationships between Church and Reign of Godp. 197
Joint Members and Builders of the Reign of Godp. 201
"Outside the Church No Salvation"?p. 203
The Church and the Religions in the Reign of Godp. 206
Necessity of the Churchp. 206
The Church, Sacrament of the Kingdomp. 213
9. Interreligious Dialogue in a Pluralistic Societyp. 218
The Theological Foundation of Dialoguep. 222
"Mystery of Unity"p. 222
Dialogue and Proclamationp. 225
The Challenges and Fruits of Dialoguep. 228
Commitment and Opennessp. 228
Personal Faith and the Experience of the Otherp. 230
Mutual Enrichmentp. 232
10. Interreligious Prayerp. 236
Praying Together: Why?p. 239
From Dialogue to Common Prayerp. 239
The Religions, God's Gifts to Humankindp. 241
Praying Together: How?p. 242
Common Prayer between Christians and Jewsp. 243
Common Prayer between Christians and Muslimsp. 245
Common Prayer between Christians and the "Others"p. 248
Conclusionp. 253
Religious Pluralism in Principlep. 254
Mutual Asymmetrical Complementarityp. 255
A Qualitative Leapp. 258
Postscriptp. 260
Indexp. 265
A Word on "the Christ Mandala" of Nalini Jayasuriyap. 276