'For Their Rock is not as Our Rock'

An Evangelical Theology Of Religions
Inter-Varsity Press
  • erschienen am 8. Mai 2015
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  • 313 Seiten
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The reality of our post-Christendom, post-colonial, post-Holocaust, post-9/11, multi-ethnic and multicultural context has meant that, more than ever, Christians are acutely aware of the questions posed not simply by the existence of other religions, but also by their apparent flourishing. If secularization is still alive and well, then, seemingly, so too is society's sacralization. Hence, the theology of religions is arguably the issue for mission in the twenty-first century. However, there has been little evangelical theology that offers a detailed, comprehensive and biblically faithful analysis that deals with not only the question of salvation but also questions of truth, the nature and history of human religiosity, and a host of practical issues pertaining to apologetics and contextualization.

In this ambitious interdisciplinary study, which synthesizes close exegesis, biblical theology, systematics and insights from the social sciences, Daniel Strange examines the origins, development and idolatry of the 'religious Other', and explores how the gospel of Jesus Christ is its 'subversive fulfilment'. He concludes with a missiological postscript and some pastoral perspectives on the purpose of other religions in God's providence.

  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
  • 2,53 MB
978-1-78359-374-3 (9781783593743)
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Daniel Strange
  • Intro
  • Acknowledgments
  • Autobiographical prologue
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. The task before us: Christians in a world of the religious Other
  • Introduction
  • 1. Describing the tasks of an evangelical theology of religions
  • 2. Delineating the task of this study
  • 3. Declaring the thesis and method of this study
  • a. My theology of religions stated
  • b. The elephant speaks: theological method
  • Conclusion
  • 2. Homo adorans: Reformed theological foundations for interpreting the religious Other
  • Introduction: on not reinventing the religious wheel
  • 1. Creation: the Creator-creature distinction and the imago Dei
  • a. 'And God said . . . and it was so': the independent creator
  • b. 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness . . .': the dependent creation
  • i. The revelational
  • ii. The relational
  • iii. The representational
  • 2. The fall: de-creation and 'false faith'
  • 3. The promise of redemption: antithesis and restraint
  • a. The pronouncement of salvation: the protoevangelium
  • b. The pronouncement of separation: the doctrine of 'the antithesis'
  • c. The pronouncement of long-suffering: the doctrine of common grace
  • 4. Conclusion: Homo adorans - a complex anthropological mix
  • 3. The curious case of remnantal revelation: gleanings on the origins of the religious Other
  • Introduction
  • 1. The case for remnantal revelation
  • a. Remnantal revelation in Van Til
  • b. Remnantal revelation in H. Bavinck
  • 2. Support for remnantal revelation
  • a. The prisca theologia and comparative mythology
  • b. Wilhelm Schmidt and original monotheism
  • Summary
  • 4. Towards a religio-genesis: Babel and the nations in the development of the religious Other
  • Introduction
  • 1. Babel and the origin of religious diversity
  • a. Reformed historical precedent
  • i. Franz Delitzsch
  • ii. C. A. Auberlen
  • iii. Robert Candlish
  • iv. H. Bavinck
  • b. Contemporary treatments
  • i. Meredith Kline
  • ii. James Jordan
  • iii. James Montgomery Boice
  • 2. Evaluation and synthesis
  • Conclusion
  • 5. No other gods before me: the idolatry of the religious Other in the Old Testament
  • Introduction
  • 1. An open-and-shut case or an open verdict? Pluralisms and presuppositions in the study of Old Testament attitudes to the religious Other
  • a. Enlightenment monotheism versus Yahweh's transcendent uniqueness
  • b. Prescription versus description
  • c. Divine exploitation without divine assent
  • d. Religious devolution versus evolution
  • 2. Problems and perplexities in Old Testament attitudes towards the religious Other
  • a. Ecumenical bonhomie? The 'problem' of patriarchal religion
  • b. Interim acceptance?
  • c. Evaluation and critique
  • i. Promise and fulfilment
  • ii. Morality and worship
  • iii. The divine name
  • iv. Melchizedek
  • v. Interim acceptance
  • 3. Idolatry as the primary Old Testament categorization of the religious Other
  • a. The composition of idols and idolatry
  • b. The characteristics of idols and idolatry
  • c. The consequences of idols and idolatry
  • Conclusion
  • 6. The perilous exchange: the idolatry of the religious Other in the New Testament
  • Introduction
  • 1. Jesus Christ our Lord
  • a. Jesus' transcendent uniqueness
  • b. 'False faith' in the Son
  • c. The character of Jesus' work
  • d. The necessity of faith in Christ for salvation
  • e. The Logos, and the 'times of ignorance'
  • i. John 1:9
  • ii. The 'times of ignorance'
  • 2. The perilous exchange
  • a. A clear and present revelation
  • b. The 'perilous exchange'
  • i. Suppression
  • ii. Substitution
  • Conclusion
  • 7. 'For their rock is not as our rock': the gospel as the 'subversive fulfilment' of the religious Other
  • Introduction
  • 1. Defining other religions as idolatrous interprets them as antithetical distortions of divine revelation
  • 2. Defining other religions as idolatrous acknowledges their pseudo-similarity to, and false counterfeiting of, true divine revelation
  • a. 'Imaginal' revelation
  • i. The object of idolatrous religion
  • ii. The structure of idolatrous religion
  • iii. The content of idolatrous religion
  • b. 'Remnantal' revelation
  • c. 'Influental' revelation
  • d. 'Demonic' revelation
  • Summary
  • 3. Defining other religions as idolatrous recognizes the reality of demonic deception behind them
  • a. The 'dark margin'
  • b. Demonic identity and co-option
  • 4. Defining the other religions as idolatrous interprets the gospel of Jesus Christ as being their 'subversive fulfilment'
  • a. The gospel as subversion
  • b. The gospel as fulfilment
  • Conclusion
  • 8. 'A light for the Gentiles': missiological implications of 'subversive fulfilment'
  • Introduction
  • 1. A brief mission statement
  • a. The motivation for mission
  • b. The comprehensiveness of mission
  • c. The ultimacy of evangelism in mission
  • d. The elenctic task of mission
  • 2. The nature of contextualization in mission
  • a. Missional theologizing
  • b. Ecclesial theologizing
  • 3. Paul at the Areopagus: 'subversive fulfilment' par excellence
  • 4. A contemporary example of subversive fulfilment (Sunni Islam)
  • Conclusion: the church as a subversive-fulfilment community
  • 9. 'But i have raised you up for this very purpose . . .': pastoral perspectives on the purpose of the religious Other
  • Introduction
  • 1. For God: glory in power, judgment and mercy
  • a. The paradigm of the exodus
  • i. Glory in judgment
  • ii. Glory in salvation
  • b. The pattern of redemptive history
  • i. Old Testament
  • ii. New Testament
  • 2. For God's world: divine restraint through religious cohesion and confusion
  • 3. For God's people: preparatio and possessio, didactic and disciplinary
  • a. Preparatio and possessio
  • i. Missional theologizing
  • ii. Ecclesial theologizing
  • b. Didactic and disciplinary
  • i. Didactic
  • ii. Disciplinary
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • 1. Looking backwards
  • 2. Looking forwards
  • Bibliography
  • Search items for Scripture references
  • Search items for authors
  • Search items for subjects
  • Notes

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